Aug 15

Breaking News: Former Aramark Manager Charged with $38,000 Theft

By Marcia Leftridge and Bronson Peshlakai
Eastern Campus Editor, Metro Campus Editor

aramarkA former Aramark cafeteria manager is accused of stealing more than $38,000 from the proceeds of the Tri-C Eastern Campus cafeteria.

On July 22, a police investigative report was entered into the Cuyahoga County Prosecutors Criminal justice system for the county prosecutor to review the charges, and on Aug. 4, Antonio D. Ezell, 39, is under one count of grand theft, and is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 25 in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

In a statement filed by Tri-C Campus Police, Ezell, confessed to the theft.

“I took money from the safe on numerous occasions to gamble with; I always thought I would win enough to replace the money I took.”

Since February 2014, Ezell started making fictitious coin orders from money supplier Dunbar, and was failing to make bank deposits from the cash sales at the cafeteria, the report said.

In a statement from Jerry Davenport, and Aramark cash audit supervisor, she arrived at the Eastern Campus to explore why a cash variance was showing between bank statements and sales transaction. After auditing the safe, she approached Ezell asking where a missing deposit was, and an explanation on why a sticky note in the safe said $600 on loan to “student union.”

Ezell tried to act confused as to where the missing deposit was, and no one could be located to account for the loan to “student union.”

After being confronted, Ezell said he had a “bad habit,” and he didn’t know how to fix it. He turned in his keys and left the premises, according to the report.

“Davenport then conducted an in-depth audit which revealed $16.857.28 in missing cash deposits, along with $20,802.00 in missing change orders, and $590.34 missing from the safe, bring the total theft amount to $38,249.63,” the report said.

Aramark food director Kevin Strub said that in the 25 years he’s been with the company he had never experienced an incident of this magnitude at Tri-C.

“I was dumbfounded,” Strub said. 
“Anywhere I’ve been I’ve never had to deal with something like this.”

Strub said Aramark employees have to submit to background checks, Ezell did, and he had worked his way up in the company to a management position.

The Voice tried to contact Ezell, but his phone number listed on the report was disconnected.

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Aug 14

BREAKING: Former College Employee Charged with Computer Thefts

A former Tri-C employee accused of stealing $50,000 worth of computer equipment from the college has been charged with felony theft.

Gregory Wallace, 41, was charged in Parma Municipal Court according to his case filing Aug. 13. The filing lists the offense date from April 8, 2014.

Wallace’s LinkedIn page said he worked in the college’s IT department as a desktop support supervisor.

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Aug 12

Behind the Headlines: The Heroin Epidemic

Thursday, October 23 12:00pm

Part of a series of programs designed to provide an in-depth exploration of newsworthy topics from a variety of perspectives.

heroinThe Heroin Epidemic program will examine the increasing rates of heroin addiction and heroin related deaths in our community and the Community Action Plan developed to find solutions to the epidemic. Panelists will discuss the role of healthcare professionals, social service provders, the criminal justice system, and the media in raising awareness and Sponsored by Cuyahoga Community College Departments of Student Life and Journalism and Mass Communication, The Press Club of Cleveland, and The Voice, Tri-C’s Student Newspaper.combating the crisis. Panelists will include representatives from the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Drug Court, the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County, The MetroHealth System, and the local newspaper and television reporters.

For more information call 216-987-3092 or email
Don’t worry, you don’t need to create a Cuyahoga Community College account to respond.

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Aug 06

UPDATE: Nursing Program Granted Full Accreditation

Nursing students at the Tri-C Metro Campus work as a group to check the vital signs given on a human-like "dummy" during the spring 2014 semester. (File photo by Aswan Harris)

Nursing students at the Tri-C Metro Campus work as a group to check the vital signs given on a human-like “dummy” during the spring 2014 semester. (File photo by Aswan Harris)

Program Approval Ends Year-long Stymie on Future of Nursing at Tri-C

By Bronson Peshlakai
Voice News Metro Campus

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing has given its full approval of the college’s nursing program, ending an inquiry into several deficiencies which the college has rectified earlier in the year.

“I am extremely proud of the incredible teamwork exhibited by the nursing faculty and staff in preparation of the self-study and subsequent site visit which led to this outcome,” Tri-C District President Alex Johnson said in an e-mail.

File photo by Aswan Harris.

File photo by Aswan Harris.

The news of the commission’s decision to deem the program “fully accredited without condition” is a formality as both site visitors from the commission and college administrators expressed a positive outcome after ACEN visited Tri-C in March.

This green light for the nursing program means approval was made from site visitor recommendations to an ACEN evaluation review panel, who submitted its decision to the ACEN board of commissioners, the final vote clearing Tri-C’s nursing program until 2022.

Among some of the deficiencies that prompted the ACEN action to place the program in a conditional status was that the college failed to meet a threshold of having enough nursing instructors on faculty who possessed a master’s degree or higher.

As the college prepared for the site visit Tri-C officials said they had exceeded the minimum requirements of the number of instructors with master’s degrees, and were very confident of having the “conditional” accreditation changed to a full accreditation with no conditions for eight years, the maximum length of time before another accreditation review.

According to the commission’s website, “accreditation is a voluntary, self-regulatory process by which non-governmental associations recognize educational institutions or programs that have been found to meet or exceed standards and criteria for educational quality.”

Many health care institutions like Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals and MetroHealth Medical Center rely on its incoming nursing workforce to have graduated from schools that are fully accredited.

With the accreditation issue set until 2022, nursing administrators now have a chance to look forward to the future of the program.

“We started on this one or two years ago which was sidelined with the issues to be taking care of with ACEN. A curriculum revision is probably the next biggest step for us; that an maintaining the integrity of the program, and making sure that the students get the best nursing education possible,” said Vivian Yates, Tri-C’s dean of nursing.

“We will continue to work with employers to ensure that our program remains among the top in the nation, preparing our graduates for productive careers,” Johnson said.

Tri-C offers a two-year associate of applied science degree in nursing and a one-year practical nursing certification. In 2013 Tri-C conferred more than 500 associate degrees in nursing to rank among the top schools in the nation, a release said.

Another highlight of the program is that approximately 85 percent of Tri-C graduates passed the national licensing exam in 2013, a success rate that exceeds state and national averages.

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May 06

The Voice Notified of Five Wins in Excellence in Journalism

By staff reports

The Voice and The Voice News, the newspaper’s broadcast video counterpart, was notified by the Press Club of Cleveland that it is the winner of five Excellence in Journalism Awards this year.

The Press Club recognizes the state’s top performers in various realms in journalism. Awards are considered for magazines, local and regional newspapers, and college publications for two- and four-year schools.

This notification does not indicate if the award is 1st, 2nd, or honorable mention. That information will be given at an awards dinner taking place June 6 at The House of Blues in Cleveland.

The awards announced are in the following format: Story title, Reporter, Category. (Feel free to click LINK to story)

New President Returns to Old Stomping Grounds
By Bronson Peshlakai, Metro Editor-in-Chief
Best Print Newspaper Story, 2-Year School

Free Transit for Students
By Bronson Peshlakai, Metro Editor-in-Chief
Best Print Newspaper Story, 2-Year School

Soccer and Education Go Hand-in-Hand for Soccer Star
By Robert Fenbers, Western Sports Reporter
Best Print Sports Story, 2-Year School

Tri-C Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams Lose by Combined 81 Points in Toledo; Lady Player Injured
By Bronson Peshlakai, Metro Associate Editor
Best Print Sports Story, 2-Year School

Tri-C President Alex Johnson Sworn In
By Bronson Peshlakai, Metro Editor-in-Chief
Best TV News Story, 2-Year School

Last year, The Voice won three awards from The Press Club of Cleveland.

The Voice is the independent student publication for Cuyahoga Community College, located in Cleveland, Ohio. The newspaper distributes its print edition to four Tri-C campuses. Tri-C enrolls more than 50,000 students each year.

Bronson Peshlakai

Bronson Peshlakai

Bronson Peshlakai has served as a staff reporter, associate editor and editor-in-chief at The Voice since he started Tri-C Metro Campus in 2011. He has created and developed the CCCVOICE.COM online platform, and The Voice News, a broadcast video platform utilizing stories from the print version. Peshlakai graduates Tri-C this spring with an associates of arts with an emphasis in business. His future plans are to continue to take a small contingency of classes in the fall at Tri-C, and at Cleveland State University where he will pursue a degree in business, and public relations.


Robert Fenbers

Robert Fenbers

Robert Fenbers is a Western Campus staff reporter and sports reporter. His stories have covered baseball, soccer and other related sports stories at Tri-C. He plans on majoring in broadcast journalism and plans to transfer to Cleveland State University next year. Fenbers has worked on several podcasts, print stories and broadcast sports stories with The Voice

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May 01

A Lookback at The Voice News Coverage of 2014

It’s that time of year again as students are stressed with year-end projects, term papers and finals. The Voice has its final newspaper hitting the stands on Friday.

This video was presented at an event showcasing students’ projects at the Tri-C Metro Campus. It showcases some of the stories The Voice News covered in the last 2 years. It ends with a nice blooper reel. Enjoy.

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Apr 24

Terri Pope Named President of Westshore Campus

Terri Pope, Tri-C Westshore Campus president

Terri Pope, Tri-C Westshore Campus president

From staff reports

Cuyahoga Community College  announced that Dr. Terri Pope has been named president of Westshore Campus in Westlake.

Pope had served as interim president of that campus since October. She replaced J. Michael Thomson, who is now president of Tri-C’s Eastern Campus in Highland Hills.

“It is a privilege to serve the same college I attended as a student,” Pope said. “Our new Westshore Campus is a vibrant and innovative place. I am working  with a team dedicated to student success and I am very honored to serve as campus president.”

Pope joined Tri-C as an adjunct biology instructor in 1988 before becoming a full-time instructor in 1991 and a tenured professor in 1997. She served in faculty leadership for many years, most recently as chair of Westshore’s faculty senate.

In 2012, Pope received Tri-C’s Ralph M. Besse Award for Teaching Excellence for her commitment to academic achievement. She’s known for utilizing an inventive teaching style that brings the curriculum to life for her students.

“Dr. Pope’s longstanding commitment to student success, both in and out of the classroom, will be invaluable to the continued growth and development of Westshore Campus,” Tri-C President Alex Johnson said. The campus at 31001 Clemens Road opened in 2011.

Pope holds a doctorate from The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree from Case Western Reserve University. Pope attended Tri-C for the first two years of her undergraduate studies.

She is well published and highly regarded in her field. Prior to her arrival at Tri-C, Pope was a consulting nutritionist.

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Apr 22

In the first person

Friends with benefits: it’s not what you think

By Sharan Paul, Metro campus staff reporter

All friends come with benefits.  The reason that friendships forged in college last a lifetime is because they have residual benefits.  Relationships with other students can increase your success during and after higher education.  But friends are more than just people to hang out with, they allow an opportunity to explore new cultures, experience new activities, and become a well-rounded individual.

I am often referred to as “cool” because I listen to post-hardcore metal music, love social media, and am currently binge watching Breaking Bad on Netflix.  Everything that makes me cool is a direct benefit of the company I keep.  I learned to appreciate the new music because my daughter is a musician.  I am addicted to Twitter and SnapChat, because the friends I made in my freshman year of college, used them to communicate.  And I do not miss an episode of Breaking Bad, because Phil, in my English class, could not stop talking about it.  I am cool by default.

Friends provide new experiences that otherwise may have been missed.  Sports-minded friends can teach you the intricacies of ‘tailgating’ and where to get the best wings.  The IT group can fix your computer, or save you money on software that works.  I have a friend from the Persian Gulf that taught me to speak some basic Farsi phrases.   Friends with benefits share their collective experiences and allow a ‘guided tour’ of other cultures and activities.   I cannot afford to travel in Europe over the summer break, but I have a friend that does.  She relates her experiences, over crepes at Westside Market, making me feel like I was actually in Europe with her.  I get the benefit of travel, without the expense.

The downside to friends with benefits is that they are not always positive benefits.    If you hang out with the smart kids, many people consider you to be smart.  But if you hang out with a group of slackers, you are perceived to be a slacker too.  And just like there is a residual ‘coolness’ that comes from being with cool people, there can be unpleasant backlash from being associated with some groups.  I had a friend in Media class that rarely showed up for lessons, never turned the assignments in on time, and generally did not participate in discussions.  Because we were friends, I was often asked where he was, or why he did not do his homework.  It made that class more difficult, in that, I had to answer for my friend as well as myself.  I was guilty by association.

Everyone needs friends, and friends come with benefits.  While it is important to recognize the positive benefits that friends bring to a relationship, it is also important to understand not all benefits are good.  In finding the right kind of friends, remember that it is equally important for you to be a good friend.  William Shakespeare said, “Words are easy, like the wind; Faithful friends are hard to find.”  Which reminds me…I have a date to play laser tag with my friends from Math class.



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Apr 22

Security first

By Sharan Paul, Metro Campus reporter. Rachel Paul contributing

When you are on your own


Note: Due to an incident, at the Metro Campus on March 18, 2014, my daughter, Rachel Paul, joined me to co-author this story.

Metro map

Rachel Paul, a first year Recording Arts Major at Tri-C, approached the Student Services building and waved to a former classmate. A young man standing beside him, stopped her, and asked to use her phone, to call his parents for a ride home. He looked like he was dialing, then he talked into the phone. However, when she attempted to retrieve the phone, he held it out of her reach. Still holding her phone, he began to walk away.

Rachel grabbed his sleeve and refused to let go, using a lesson she learned, long ago, in martial arts class. Stand your ground, but leave yourself a way out. By not letting go of his sleeve, she conveyed her determination to get her phone back. If necessary, Rachel could have let go, ducked down, or stepped to the side, if he had reacted with aggression.
Rachel spoke in a very loud voice, demanded her phone, which drew attention from other students walking nearby. After an extended period of back and forth, he handed her the phone. Checking the phone logs showed that nor recent calls had been dialed. It was then, Rachel realized that he had pretended to speak on the phone, and did not actually make a call. Rachel noticed that he did not seem to erase any calls from the log before she took her phone back.
Later that day, we learned that others had noticed the man was watching students, as they passed by. One student noticed that the man had no backpack, and did not look like he belonged on campus.

Rachel was relieved and happy that she did not lose her phone, but angry that the man thought he could take advantage of her.

Thankfully this incident was resolved without violence or injury. Rachel did not lose valuable property. She reacted by using what she had been taught. Make noise; raise your voice, scream, anything that will draw attention to what is going on. Use surprise to your advantage; martial arts training, fast counter movements, whatever you are able to do that will catch them off guard.

A policeman on a Segue monitors activity around the Presidential rally venue at the Tri-C Metro campus, from 2012

A policeman on a Segue monitors activity around the Presidential rally venue at the Tri-C Metro campus, from 2012

It is important not to assume that people on campus are students. Our campus is open, and as such, anyone can be on campus property. It would be beneficial to have regular self-defense classes, sponsored by Tri-C, at minimal or no cost, on all three campuses. We both believe that our Campus Security should walk around campus, where they can see and hear what is going on. Driving around in cars, with the windows up, is not really effective with incidents such as this. And if you do find yourself in a sticky situation, remember to make noise, leave yourself a safe way out, and use surprise to your advantage.

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Apr 22

Higher One invades Tri-C

Finance company helps students spend responsibly

By Dezmond K. DeLeon, Metro staff writer

HigherOne Card for Tri-C Students

HigherOne Card for Tri-C Students

Over the last couple months the name Higher One has been floating all over campus, which begs the question of who is Higher One and why the change?

Higher One is a financial services company started by college students and designed for college students. The idea of Higher One is to provide students more options with their money. Tri-C partnered with Higher One in efforts to free up administrative staff and put more control of financial activity in the hands of students.

Many students have received several emails to their Tri-C email account regarding Higher One and the services provided by Higher One. As students, it is important to know your options. Higher One debit Mastercard is just that, another option. If a student has never been able to receive direct deposit funds because lack of a checking account and want to receive funds faster, the Higher One debit Mastercard may be a considerable option. Higher One boasts same day delivery of funds for students who use their Higher One debit Mastercard. For students who receive ACH direct deposit already or prefer a paper check there is no obligation to use the Higher One debit Mastercard option. Students can remain receiving funds as they always have, but students who do prefer ACH direct deposit or paper check still have to notify Higher One of their preferred choice.

What you need to know if you decide to choose Higher One debit Mastercard option? Higher One debit Mastercard operates much like a typical financial institution such as a bank. Higher One offers three checking account type offers. Students will need to select one of these options in order to use the Higher One debit Mastercard. Each option has associated fees. The OneAccount option does not have a monthly fee but charges $0.50 per pin-based transaction. The OneAccount Edge has a monthly fee of $4.95 but does not charge for pin-based transactions. The third option, One Account Premier, has a monthly fee of $5.95, no fee for pin-based transactions, and a host of other features such as non-Higher One ATM reimbursements.

So where exactly are Higher One ATMs? Currently, you won’t find them on any Tri-C campuses. However, there are plan to install Higher One ATMs at Metro, East, and West campuses in the near future. In the mean time, the closest ATM location is probably at nearby Cleveland State University.

Higher One provides services in Ohio for Cleveland State University, Kent State University, Bryant & Stratton College, Owens Community College, The University of Findlay, Terra State Community College, Stark State College, Shawnee State University, Wittenberg University, and Zane State College. Don’t expect to find a Higher One ATM outside of these college and university campuses.

Students will be receiving a green envelope in the mail if they have not already received it. Inside the green envelope you will find a myONEmoney card. Please keep in mind that this card is not a credit card. Do not discard this card as the card will be the key to establishing a preference on how to receive funds. The myONEmoney card is necessary in identifying the student and selecting an option on whether to receive funds via ACH direct deposit into a personal checking account, receiving a paper check, or establishing a checking account type service with the Higher One debit Mastercard to use as an ATM card. Failing to select one of these options will result in receiving a paper check by default.


*** Update: at this time, two Higher One ATMs are installed and active at the Western Campus: one in B and one in the South Galleria, opposite the existing ATM.  Installation of the other campuses should be wrapping up by publication time.

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