May 19

Challengers Split Series with Sinclair

By Robert Fenbers

In their final series of the season, Tri-C proved they could hang with the best of the best, while earning some respect along the way.

 Game 1:                                                        

After a 30 minute delay, due to a miscommunication on the start time with the umpires, the series finale was underway. The Challengers came out strong and jumped out to an early 1-0 going into the top of the fifth inning. Sinclair finally broke through and scored in the top of the fifth. Pitcher Connor Ryan gave the Challengers a brilliant effort as he gave up only three hits in 7 innings pitched, also tallying 6 strikeouts. The Challengers had a few costly errors, which gave Sinclair some momentum.

As the two top contenders in the OCCAC went at it, this one would need to be decided in extra innings. In the top of the ninth inning with a 1-1 tie, both teams came out swinging, literally, as they drove in two runs each. Tri-C was in a dogfight and they were loving every minute of it. Coach Agona had been preparing the boys all season for these types of moments and it seemed they were finally breaking through.

In the tenth inning the Challengers found out why Sinclair has been the best team all season; Tri-C gave up the winning run in the top of the tenth. They had no answer for Sinclair in the bottom of the inning and after such a hard fought game, they were defeated.

            Sinclair 4 Challengers 3

Game 2:

            After the marathon in game 1, both teams had about 30 minutes to prepare for the second half of their doubleheader. Tri-C had to put the heartbreaking loss behind them and focus on taking Game 2.

As the game was underway, it seemed Tri-C was having a hard time forgetting about the loss. Pitcher Tom Keaney gave up two quick runs and put the Challengers in a quick 0-2 hole. The boys quickly answered back with a run of their own making it 2-1 Sinclair after the first inning. Keaney settled down after that, only allowing 3 hits all game. He wasn’t the only one getting into his groove as the Challenger’s bats came to life as they pounded Sinclair for 7 more runs in the next two innings. Heading into the fifth inning with an 8-2 lead, Tri-C was determined to finish the job.

The game was an offensive showcase for Tri-C. They defended their turf and could have very well won both games, if not for those costly errors. It was not just hitting, Brady Haba came up huge with two stolen bases. Even after his rough start, Keaney pitched another great performance, tallying 6 strikeouts. The Challengers had defeated Sinclair.

Challengers 13 Sinclair 3

            Game 3:

            A new day and a new opportunity to showcase their talent against Sinclair.

With the weekend series tied at 1-1, it would be another offensive showcase for both teams. The Challengers came out on fire again, as they carried over the momentum from the previous day’s games. Compiling seven runs in the first 3 innings, the game seemed already decided. Brady Hoba’s 3 RBI’s and two triples, one each from John Izquierdo and Eric Roder capped off the offensive firepower.

The dominant pitching continued as Kyle Warner held Sinclair to only 5 hits. He would give up a home run in the fourth inning to Sinclair’s Tyler Cowles. Pitching has been a focal point this season for the Challengers.

Tri-C was too much for Sinclair as they defeated them for the second time in a row. Their confidence was at an all-time high.

Challengers 8 Sinclair 1

            Game 4:

            It was the final game of the series, which would also be the final game of the regular season. The Challengers had all the momentum and looked to take three out of four games from Sinclair, but the Tartan Pride had other ideas.

Sinclair quickly struck with one run in the first inning. Tri-C answered back with two runs in the second. Daniel Sexton was on the mound for Sinclair, he went into the game with a perfect 8-0 record. His performance was key as he only allowed 4 hits. Brady Haba was able to briefly get the best of him with a homerun.

As the game entered the third inning, it was blown open by an onslaught of hits by Sinclair. Challenger’s pitcher Ryan Andrzejczyk gave up six runs, making it a 7-2 game. The Challengers answered back with one run in the bottom of the third. The Tartan Pride tacked on two more in the sixth and another two in the seventh inning, capping off the blowout.

Sinclair 11 Challengers 3

            The Challengers came into the series against Sinclair eager and ready to show their skills. They did just that as they split the series 2-2, including their classic opening game. They finished the regular season 36-18, a powerful statement in Coach Agona’s first season as the Challengers head coach. They will now host the Sub-division tournament as their post season begins.

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May 05

Minor Tri-C Student Speaks Out About An Alleged Sexual Attack On Campus…

By: Angela Wolfe, Metro Editor-in-Chief

An allegation of kidnapping and forced rape of a minor student took place here at the Metro Campus. According to the police report obtained by the Voice News from the Tri-C Police Department, what started out as sketchy consensual relationship between a 29 year old male student and a minor female High-Tech Academy student quickly turned into…

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May 01

Confident Challengers Prepare for Season Finale Showdown with Sinclair

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John Izquierdo delivers a pitch during a game. Photo by Emily Rohm

By: Robby Fenbers

Of all the uncertainty going into this season, there was one thing the Challengers knew wouldn’t change, their toughest opponent would be Sinclair.

The Challengers have held their own all season in the OCCAC conference (11-9) and sit in 2nd place behind Sinclair Community College. Having already shattered their 12 win total from last year with 32 wins and currently on a 7 game winning streak, Coach Agona has the boys believing. “We have the right guys that we feel like can compete with anybody we play against,” says Agona. He has watched his players make tremendous strides this season, especially with the team’s chemistry, which doomed them last year.

The Challengers will need all of their firepower including Ben Szymczak, who has 5 Home Runs, 11 Doubles and 29 RBI’S, if they are going to keep up with Sinclair. The Tartan Pride as they are known, have won 6 of the last 7 OCCAC championships, including last year’s title. They have continued their championship play into this season as they sit with a 41-17 record (18-2) in conference.

Having already faced Sinclair this season, Coach Agona observed the teams play in the four game series in early April. “The first game they took it to us pretty good, the second and third game was competitive but we made a lot of mistakes that allowed them to pull away and win those games,” said Agona, mistakes that the Challengers will surely have to avoid come May 1st and 2nd. In their final game of the series the Challengers came out on a mission and took down Sinclair; perhaps sending a message that they would be ready next time they meet. “We played our game, we executed and got a good pitching performance and were able to beat those guys,” said Agona.

The games will take place Friday at 3pm followed by a second game at 5:30pm. Saturday at 1:00pm followed by a second game at 3:30pm. Come down to Mottl Field and watch as the Challengers wrap up their impressive regular season in this conference showdown.

The Challengers have an impressive 20-4 record at home, where they will gladly welcome the Tartan Pride.

Postseason notes: Since Sinclair has already clinched the regular season title; they automatically advance to the NJCAA Region 12 District Tournament in Battle Creek, MI. The tournament will take place Wed. 5/13/15- Sun. 5/17/15

The rest of the OCCAC conference in addition to Vincennes University in Indiana will play in NJCAA Sub-District Tournament hosted by Tri-C. This tournament will take place Fri. 5/8/15- Sun. 5/10/15.         

All stats courtesy of OCCAC.ORG

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Apr 29

Editorial: Are You Sitting Next To A Sex Offender?

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Photo By: Angela Wolfe


Written By: Angela Wolfe, Metro Editor-in-Chief

Further research conducted by the Voice staff of registered sex offenders attending Cuyahoga Community College found an alarming number of registered sex offenders who have failed to report Tri-C as their school. This is a direct violation of the student code of conduct’s general provisions, according to the college.  It’s also an infraction of the terms required by the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department. That provision, according to sections four and five of the clearly worded, “Explanations of Duties to Register” which all offenders are mandated to sign upon determining their classification tier.
Our due diligence consisted of six staff members, six laptops, and a list of all 30,000-plus currently enrolled students of Tri-C. In a conference room for 6 hours, and only breaking for the restroom, we ran every name against the Cuyahoga County Sheriffs Department Sex Offender Registry-including yours – if you’re currently registered as a student of course. This preliminary discovery unearthed a number of students who could be here by intentional misrepresentation. While the exact amount is still awaiting verification, the compiled list totaled 142 possible unreported students. This is a far cry from the 15 reported Tri-C students listed on the Sheriffs registry.
Now, please be advised, this investigation only focused on Cuyahoga County, which means, that the area of possibility that even more sex offenders are roaming around under false pretenses is extremely great.
It is also important for me to point out that the blame does not fully fall on Tri-C; the national, state, and local government also shoulders the responsibility to efficiently and effectively track sex offenders. Our investigation proves that there is a need for a universal database of all registered sex offenders-not county by county. It serves no purpose if people can so easily fly under the radar that is designed to catch them. The fact that a fair portion of Tri-C students live outside of Cuyahoga County, along with our diverse body of college student who come from all over the United States, and foreign countries for that matter, demonstrates why it is imperative for Tri-C to establish a workable policy to protect all students.
This policy is expected to be formed by the beginning of the Fall 2015 Semester. In response to a previous Voice story, “Sex Offenders Mingling with Minors, published in issue 8, volume 17, David Hoovler, Vice President, Integrated Communications, offered this statement:

Because Cuyahoga Community College takes seriously sexual misconduct in any form, officials are in the midst of strengthening existing policies by developing admission standards for registered sex offenders for implementation Fall 2015. This effort will include more extensive programming being developed in concert with the Student Life and Public Safety departments to educate students and employees about sexual harassment and sexually related crimes, including steps to help protect themselves and others.”


Even thought this proclamation is a direct contradiction in saying, “strengthening existing policies” when earlier this semester Renee Richard, Vice President of Legal Services, told the Voice in a statement, “We don’t have a specific policy that addresses (tier II, tier III) sexual offenders.” The Voice is encouraged that proper measures are being taken to secure this aspect of the open access policy.


“There should be a question on the enrollment application that asks, “Have you ever been convicted of a sexually motivated crime”, due to high school student being in such close quarters.” Said Isabelle Perez, Student Government Senator.


The Sex Offenders Mingling With Minors article was enlightening.” Said Business student Quentin Callans. “I have a 17-year-old daughter who was presented with the opportunity to attend Tri-C while in high school. I would want to know whom she is around and being influenced by. I suggest posting this information to My Tri-C Space.”


Editors Note:
To view a letter to the Editor submitted by a registered tier III sex offender who attends Tri-C, look below. The letter is in response to the Voice Editorial: Sex Offenders Mingling With Minors, published in the March 23rd edition.


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Apr 28

Letter To The Editor: A Response From A Registered Tier III Sex Offender

We have chosen to keep the identity of the person who submitted this letter anonymous. It was written in response to the Voice Editorial: Sex Offenders Mingling With Minors, published in the March 23rd edition. Please note, this photo reflects real charges of the letter writer. It was captured from the Cuyahoga County Sheriffs Department Sex Offender Registry.


Written By: Anonymous

I read the article posted in The Voice, March 23, 2015, titled “Editorial: Sex Offenders Mingling With Minors” and I would like to comment on this subject.

It has taken me a few days to digest the material presented and several feelings come to mind to describe how I felt about the article. Shocked, disturbed, and frustrated are just a few. But, I also felt, isolated, lonely, targeted, and hopeless. Why? Because, I am a registered sex offender attending Tri-C.

Labels don’t work, and they never will. A label places a person under an umbrella and once labeled by society, it’s hard to move past. There are bad people out there who prey on children and the vulnerable, but not everyone is bad. Not all “sex offenders” are out to hurt people. There are plenty of people who have committed a sex offense who are working very hard on changing their lives for the positive. I served our country for 4 years in the Navy and was in a very dark and dismal place 11 years ago. I made a horrible mistake and paid my debt to society. The judge didn’t give me a life sentence, but being on the registry feels like a life sentence. While incarcerated, I volunteered to go through a treatment program because I wanted to better my life. I know several people in my situation who are doing very well and working hard to be productive members of society. Upon release I have had a very difficult time trying to find a job. I applied at Wal-Mart, but was denied the job because of my past. I applied at Chipotle and was shocked to learn that I can’t be trusted to make a burrito. The article was very tough for me to read because I felt bad that there was a victim. After reading the article, I also felt like I had done something wrong.

I have been attending Tri-C now for the last two years and love every minute of it. I am working very hard to earn my degree and it’s rewarding to see my hard work pay off. Unfortunately, most won’t see or care about how hard I’ve been working, but they will fixate on my label as a sex offender. The headline of the article places all “sex offenders” under that umbrella I was talking about. The article didn’t mention the perpetrators by name, but it was easier to say “sex offenders”.

When I go to class, I follow the student code of conduct and go to Tri-C to learn… I don’t talk to anyone, because I am not ignorant to the fact of how my fellow students feel about sex offenders. Ask Mr. Brian Grays. “It’s okay to have standards,” he says.

I work two jobs to support myself, I go to school, and I also fly airplanes. I learned to fly when I was 15 years old and earned my pilot’s license at the age of 17. I am a son, brother, boyfriend, student, musician, pilot, veteran, and sports enthusiast. That’s what defines me. Not some label society has placed on me because they think it will keep everyone safe. This is a tough battle for me, but I made the mistake and now I have to deal with it. If we want to keep everyone safe and make strides towards a more positive future, we can try to work together and find a solution. By placing a label on someone, it prevents growth and change. These days, society has found a label for everything. If one would promote a more positive atmosphere, change will happen. Continue to place labels on people, the status quo will be maintained.

Let me paint a picture, the day that 39-year-old registered sex offender decided to enroll at Tri-C, I didn’t do anything wrong. If he disobeyed his parole stipulations, he did something wrong, not me… If he took the class to be able to sit next to a young girl, he did something wrong, not me… If he assaulted someone, he did something wrong, not me… That’s why labels don’t work.

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Angela Wolfe, Metro Editor-in-Chief

As we do appreciate ALL feedback from our readers, I would like to personally thank the individual who wrote this letter for allowing us to publish it. Thank You!

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Apr 28

Do you think Tri-C has a Stigma Attached to its Reputation, because it’s a 2-year Institution

By: Taras Ustrytskyy


Khadayjah Jackson (Sophomore, Business Management)

“I don’t feel that there’s a difference between a four-year and a two-year at the end of the day. You go to Yale or something, and it’s like ‘Oh! You go to Yale!’ Ohio State, Cleveland State, it’s just the name itself that has people like, ‘Yeah, I want to go there!’ But really, if you think about it, it is expensive, so that’s why people would be like: ‘Oh, I want to go back home and go to a community college.’ I don’t see a big deal. I used to want to go to a four-year, but I don’t want to have to pay loans and different things like that when I can go get financial aid and pay for everything. I’m okay with that!”


Lawrence D. Sanders (Freshman, Computer Networking)

“I feel like Tri-C, for a community college, is a good start. Maybe if you have financial troubles or if you can’t get into a four-year university at the time, Tri-C is definitely somewhere you can start off and get your feet set.”





Damira L. Oglesby (Freshman, Nursing

“I guess people do look down on it, saying: ‘Oh you go to a community college?’ But I don’t. I think it’s just a stepping stone. It will help you get started and it’s less money than a four-year college, so going to a community college is less expensive.”


Kristi Copez (Sophomore, Peace Studies)

“I think there used to be a stigma. I am a non-traditional student and I hesitated to go to a community college at one point because of that stigma. But from my perspective and my experience, it’s been just the opposite. I found that the diversity and all the different ages of folks that are coming here has created an energy that I’ve hooked into, and being able to hook into that, I’ve gotten a pretty good
education. I’ve been actually sought after because of my education that I’ve gotten here.”


Dana Silverman (Sophomore, Nursing)

“I do believe there is a stigma, just because of it being less prestigious. However, I’ve found that here with Tri-C, the program that I’m in, people’s eyebrows kind of raise. ‘Oh, I hear that’s a great program; they have such a good reputation.’ I’m from South Florida, and being up here for about five years, sometimes I find myself being a little hesitant to say I go to Tri-C or a community college, but I still say it, because I’m okay with that. Ideally, I plan to go to a four-year. I need to go on for my bachelor’s and we will see where that goes from there. I appreciate what Tri-C has to offer for me, for the area and the community.”

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Apr 28


By: Dalton Ulm

There is a common belief among many high school graduates and college-aged students that institutions like Cuyahoga Community College have recently developed a “Tri-High”-like stigma. Although this misconception may be somewhat true, some theories say it is attributed to the rising cost of four-year colleges and universities. It is obvious that Tri-C appeals to a different type of student/demographic looking to save money and receive a faster degree, but why aren’t more people using it to their advantage?

Tri-C boasts the oldest and largest public community college in all of Ohio, serving more than 52,000 students annually. With such a large, diverse student population, Tri-C provides many alternative opportunities to those who cannot afford traditional four-year universities.

In addition to the affordable cost, Tri-C’s diverse student profile speaks for itself; student ages range from 15 to 75-plus, 39 percent are from minority groups, 65 percent study part-time and 56 percent are seeking an associate degree or taking courses that will transfer to a four-year institution.

Tri-C has seen nothing but growth of its student population in the last decade, and there seems to be no signs of it slowing down. Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs at Tri-C East Dwayne Keeney explained that much of the growth is a result of the drastic change in the economy.

“The past eight years have seen an increase in the flow of students from four-year colleges and universities to two-year schools,” Keeney said. “The changes in the economy that began in 2007 accelerated something that previously happened on a scale too small to be noticed. Enrollments at Tri-C reached the highest levels in history. With that increased exposure came an acknowledgement of the quality education schools like Tri-C can provide.”

As many of us are aware, tuition of four-year colleges is at an all-time high, and it is becoming increasingly difficult for the average middle-class family to send their children off to college without taking out large student loans. It seems like an easy decision when comparing the cost of community colleges such as Tri-C to that of an in-state public university, but some believe that quality and community college do not go hand-in-hand.

Tri-C East Student Success Specialist Ryan Hoeing shared her experience of working with students who have struggled to make that decision.

“Students often remark on how community college offers a strong product at an affordable cost,” Hoeing said. “Most students who discuss this topic with me see community college as a fertile learning environment that saves them dollars before they transition into their majors at universities.

In some circumstances, many believe that by choosing to enroll in Tri-C you are agreeing to miss out on the college experience, thus attributing to the reputation labeled “Tri-High.”

“If there is some negative perception, my guess is that it’s largely confined to current and recent high school graduates who watched friends go one way and that the ‘failure to launch’ associated with staying home and commuting to any school is somehow less special,” Keeney said. “There’s a nickname in the community that I abhor that reflects some people’s perception of Tri-C as simply a continuation of their secondary education.”

So, is there a light at the end of the tunnel? Is there hope in changing the way people think about community college and Tri-C specifically? It would seem that many people are unaware of Tri-C’s services, scholarships, classes and opportunities, contributing to the underutilization of its resources. By making these services more visible to the public and local high school students, the stigma of community college might just become the new norm.

Many factors contribute to one’s decision to go to either a four-year university or a two-year community college. In some cases, those cases may not be thought out fully.

Vice President of the Creative Arts Student Alliance Vincent Tyree made the decision to enroll at Tri-C and sees the positive effects of his choice on a daily basis. Tyree observes the same optimism reflected in his fellow classmates and club members.

“Ultimately you have to take advantage of the countless tools at your disposal and build networks to become successful at any school,” Tyree said. “You control your future. My organization is devoted to that way of thinking and it is a driving force in our initiatives.”

Maybe the problem is that we are comparing two things that were never meant to be compared. Community college was not created with the intention of providing dorms, meal plans and football games in order to give the students the pleasure of labeling it with the ultimate “college experience,” rather to provide an alternative, catalyzed education track that saved students loads of money. Tri-C breaks down the barriers of limitations that college often poses, whether it is financial or circumstantial, and gives anyone the opportunity to participate – giving them the power to control their own future.

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Apr 28

Gorgeous Gardens of Tri-C

B y Melanie Elli


Greg Malone, program coordinator of the Plant and Science and Landscape Technology Program


Student Kevin Melkerson, working on the plants in the garden.


There are many new groups and organizations that you are aware of when you first attend college. New students try many different things when they first enroll in college, such as meeting new people or joining clubs. One of the best places to go is the Tri-C Garden Center.

The garden center is where students who are involved in the Plant Science and Landscape Technology Program begin to develop their management skills for a career in retail gardening. The program also involves doing work within the greenhouse, online designing, construction and contrasting, and other skills that can help prepare students for a career in landscaping and plant science.

Plant Science and Landscape Technology Program Coordinator Greg Malone expressed what other work he would like to do within the garden center and what opportunities can come from being involved in the program.

“We’d like to expand the program and enlarge the greenhouse and other facilities for teaching in,” he said. “There are opportunities in landscape design, opportunities in estate gardening, opportunities in greenhouse growing. There are just a lot of great opportunities of working outside. You’re not stuck in a cubicle, so we’re real excited about the future of the industry.”

Brandon Hawkins, a student that is involved in the program, explained how the Tri-C program helped him begin his career path.

“I like working outdoors, and I was looking for a program that fitted that,” Hawkins said. “I found out that Tri-C Eastern was the only campus that offered it, so I enrolled in it and it’s been one of the best things that’s ever happened to me.” Hawkins has also assisted in sales and contract designing during his time in the program to further establish his company.

Students interested in the program can visit the Tri-C Garden Center, located in EEC 16 at the EasternCampus.

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Apr 28

The Rubber Band Effect

By Catrina Leone

Do you ever feel like your life is like a rubber band? Stretching back and forth, back and forth until it eventually snaps…? I have been in that position multiple times. Stress and anxiety are killers for the mind, body, heart and soul. As we near the end of the semester, I want to tell you all how I managed to stop letting the rubber band rule my life, and how I have found the balance.

Stress and anxiety can come in many forms. Someone may have cut you off this morning in traffic, you may have arrived late to work, and maybe you spilled your coffee all over your new shirt. Sound familiar? Every day can bring new stressors, new anxieties. Especially in college when you are trying to juggle more than one thing at a time. I went to The Ohio Center For Broadcasting three days a week, interned at a radio station from 5:00 am – 8:00 am, where I currently work two of the other days, all while working at a bakery. It sounds crazy, right? Well it gets crazier; I have not missed a day of school since I was 8. I thank my immune system for that one.

You may wonder how to find that balance in your own life. First of all, know that worrying steals your happiness and overthinking kills it. Also know that there are healthy ways to deal with stress when it appears, those of which do not include alcohol or drug abuse. It may seem like the edge is taken off, but another more serious problem can present itself if you are not careful. That knot in your stomach, that kink in your neck, awful feelings. Breathing deeply, taking a relaxation class, and prayer have helped me immensely. Whatever helps to calm you that is healthy, is the right way to go. Life has no guarantees, but you can take control of how you react to different situations. Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. Stress is inevitable but you do not need to become the victim.

As the semester comes to a close, take this all with you and know that you are not alone in the battle against anxiety and stress! You can hold victory, once you find the right healthy way to handle stress.

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Apr 28

Western Campus Receives Makeover

A student studies as the new student lounge is being built.

A student studies as the new student lounge is being built.

By: Catherine Cesa

Cuyahoga Community College is the oldest and largest community college in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. It was founded in 1962 and opened its doors in 1966. It is evident that each campus is well–attended to, because there always seems to be work in progress for improvements. The campuses include the Eastern Campus, the Metropolitan, Western, the Brunswick Campus and Westshore.

There are currently three projects under construction at the Western Campus. The first project is called, Adjunct Space/D3 Grant Renovation. The D3 means degree in three. It is designed to assist students in completing their degree within three academic years. Grant House will be housed in the former adjunct faculty space, while a new, renovated area is being designated to accommodate adjunct offices and workplaces.

The New Student Lounge is the second project that is under construction. It is located on the lower level on this campus (next to Java City). The area is made up of two classrooms which is approximately 2,000 square feet in size. “This Lounge will have computer stations and tables in where students can study and do their homework with classmates, professors or tutors. It will be opened between the end of March and the beginning of April,’’ says Dr. Ron Liss, who is the president at Western Campus.

The Roof Replacement has been completed in the business building and the theatre.

This information was provided by John Horton, Media Relations Manager at Tri-C

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