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.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.cccvoice.com/2014/04/22/higher-one-invades-tri-c/

Apr 22

Ring the alarm

Tri-C’s renovated Fire Academy

By Marchanna Bentley, Western campus Associate Editor

“I saw when it was nothing. Transitioning it from what it was to what it’s going to be has been a process.”

Commander Ted Huffman, a veteran of the Cleveland Heights fire department of twenty-three years, heads the restoration project at Cuyahoga Community College’s Fire Academy that has spanned ten years.

“This program is good for people who enjoy hard work and giving back to the public. People who aren’t sure what direction they want to head in life but believe their purpose is helping others.”

The Fire Academy has been around for over forty years, first opening up in 1971. The first incarnation operated from the inside of an old barn house. A single room operated as the main classroom, and a maintenance truck pumped water from the campus fountain to use during training.

28 acres were purchased to help accommodate space for the new facility and its training grounds.

The physically demanding career of a fire fighter is explored in several of the Academy classes. Students will learn the ways of ice and water rescue. There’s also the critical element of learning to do a search and return in a fire.

File photo courtesy of Parma Fire Department.

File photo courtesy of Parma Fire Department.

Huffman encourages students from the non-traditional to the fresh out of high school to apply who aren’t afraid of rigorous work and find fulfillment in helping others.

“This program is good for people who enjoy hard work and giving back to the public. People who aren’t sure what direction they want to head in life but believe their purpose is helping others.”

Graphs showing need for firefighters are promising. Between 2006 and 2016, a projected growth is shown to increase by 9.3 percentages.

The Fire Training Academy’s 260-hour training course is worth 13 college credits to apply towards Tri-C’s Associate of Applied Sciences degree in Fire Technology.  The academy is currently accepting applications for the summer 2014 program. For more information about the Fire Academy, please contact Mary Paulus at 216-987-5076.


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Apr 21

Students Give the Grade

How Our Instructors Can Be Graded Just as Much as Their Students

By Sharan Paul, Metro staff reporter

Tri-C Business Professor Fitzroy DaSilva (file photo)

Tri-C Business Professor Fitzroy DaSilva (file photo)

If you have ever had a class that was excellent, or one that was incredibly awful, what do you do? Most Tri-C students tell their classmates, or complain to other professors. Nearly all students are unsure of where to go, or who to talk to about their concerns with class content, curriculum or professors. Tri-C is about to change that with a new evaluation program.

Evaluation is the most effective way of assessing the performance of instructors. Presently, Tri-C evaluates all instructors internally at the end of each term. However, those evaluations do not include comments or concerns from students.

“The new system will begin with a focus group of students from all campuses,” said Sandra McKnight, associate vice president of faculty affairs.

These students will participate in the selection of questions on the evaluation form, as well as, areas that are covered on the questionnaire.

Once the forms are complete, Tri-C will distribute them and use the upcoming summer session as a pilot for the program. 2014 fall semester will be the initiation of the program. A town hall meeting was held April 1st to introduce the program to the faculty.

The evaluation program will have at least three separate questionnaires. The instructor evaluation will be given to each student, in every class, at the end of the term. Also included in the evaluation process will be questionnaires for students to evaluate library staff and counselors. All of these forms are designed to gather the opinions of students, and efficiently evaluate the faculty and staff members they depend on throughout their education.

But evaluation is not all about the professor that was terrible, or the class you hated. It is also a forum to highlight the professor who went out of the way to help students, or a class that surpassed your expectations.

In any case, it is our chance to be heard and be an essential part of shaping Tri-C for the future.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.cccvoice.com/2014/04/21/students-give-grade/

Apr 16

BREAKING — President George W. Bush Selected as Scholarship Luncheon Speaker in Fall


By Bronson Peshlakai

The 43rd President of the United States will speak at this year’s Tri-C Foundation’s Presidential Scholarship Luncheon on Sept. 11, 2014.

George W. Bush will be the second U.S. president to speak at the luncheon that not only benefits student scholarships, but will help support veteran’s initiatives, a Tri-C spokesman said.

Not too many details are available at this time other than the luncheon will take place at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel.

The event will fall on the 13th anniversary of 9/11 — the attack on America that brought down World Trade Center towers 1 and 2, an attack on The Pentagon, and the crash of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Penn. Bush was president during that deadliest attack on American soil.

The naming of President Bush being the next luncheon speaker is in line with the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation’s efforts to snag top world leaders to raise money for student scholarships at Tri-C. Last fall, U.S. President Bill Clinton was the speaker, and before that former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was here, and before her, former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair was the speaker.

The scholarship luncheon fundraiser generates more than $1 million with its per plate charge of more than $1,000. At least for the last three speakers, the luncheon was sold out.

There will be continuing coverage in The Voice newspaper’s final edition expected on stands April 28.

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Apr 16

Breaking news: power outtage at West

By Jeremy Hopkins

Around 9:25 this morning, the lights went out across the Western campus of Tri-C. Security and maintenance reported several error messages on the power station readouts while students milled casually around. In most instances, there is no sense of panic or worry. Emergency vests are visible from those select individuals who are school staff that help get people to safety, and they are calm. At this time, school administrators do not have an answer what the issue is, but they are working to find out what’s going on. Needless to say, classes are not going as scheduled at the moment.

Stay tuned as we attempt to keep you updated when you can return to your regular class schedule.

Update: the lights came back on at 10:12. Reports of power outage at Parmatown have not been verified at this time, but have been reported from several sources. At 10:22, the all-clear message was broadcast in the Galleria.

So if you were counting on another calamity day, you still need to report to class.

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Apr 15

Paws and check out what Vet Tech has this year

The Veterinarian Technician program of 2013-2014 has some of the star pupils available for adoption at no cost.

By Jeremy Hopkins, West Editor

Sun, one of the dogs the 2014 Vet Tech department has hosted. (Photo courtesy of Audrey Kukwa)

Sun, one of the dogs the 2014 Vet Tech department has hosted.
(Photo courtesy of Audrey Kukwa)

Buried at the end of the hall of the Health and Career Services wing (also known as Building A), is a lively little area.  It is filled with the sounds of animals playing, barking, and meowing.  The Vet Tech students spend all year working with these animals, getting to know them inside and out.  When the students wrap up their year on campus, the animals they treated also get their final grades.


2104 Vet Tech - Joy (Photo courtesy of Audrey Kukwa)

2104 Vet Tech – Joy
(Photo courtesy of Audrey Kukwa)

But this is not the end for these animals.  Tri-C offers these pets free of charge to anybody willing to adopt them.  All the shots are up to date, and thanks to the year long program and attention, a lot of information is known about these bundles of joy.  You might have heard some of the dogs barking while you were in the area.  If you are by the back pond, you might have seen some of the dogs out for a walk.  Believe it or not, not all of the dogs are pets of community members.  Some of these fellows are high-strung, and some are laid back.

Kukwa indicated that some of the pets in the program “already have potential homes.”  Students of the program have been known to adopt some of the animals they have been caring for over the course of a year.  For those that aren’t spoken for by program students, though, there are some to remember.

Joe, one of the dogs hosted by the 2014 Vet Tech program. (Photo courtesy of Audrey Kukwa)

Joe is ready to meet you.
(Photo courtesy of Audrey Kukwa)

“We always like a potential owner to bring in their dog to meet the dog they want to adopt,” Kukwa stated.  She added that the fenced in yard is nice to have, but it is not always mandatory.  And if it does not work out between you and your new pet, there is a return policy: 30 days for dogs and 60 days for cats.

These animals are on a first-come, first-basis.  If you see someone you like,don’t delay; they may not be available later.  (You don’t have to take them with you to class.)  Just be warned: if you try the “my dog ate my homework” line, the Vet Tech team is capable of checking this out.

Select photos of some of the cats have been posted already, but the dogs have not had a chance to pose until now.  Check out the full gallery here.  If you are interested, contact Audrey Kukwa at 216/ 987/ 5311, or Audrey.Kukwa@tri-c.edu.

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Apr 13

Casey at bat, indeed!

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Apr 07

Cleveland International Film Festival

Free Movies For Students at Film Festival

By Fareem Khabeer and Rachel Paul, Metro staff reporters

Cleveland International Film Festival has its’ 38th showing.

The 38th Cleveland International Film Festival rolls into Tower City once again March 19 through the 30th – and the public is invited to experience the festival free on March 27, thanks to the Cleveland Foundation.

“To now be celebrating the foundation’s centennial, with its March gift of a free day at the festival, is one of the greatest thrills in the history of our organization,” said Marcie Goodman, CIFF executive director.

Tri-C students with a valid school ID will be admitted free to select screening in the mornings and afternoons throughout the festival. Free late night movies after 11 p.m. is offered on Fridays and Saturdays as well.

The festival has seen tremendous growth and participation over the past 10 years. Last year, more than 93,000 people participated in the festival, an increase of 165 percent since the 27th festival of 2003, according to a CIFF fact sheet.

This year there is more than 180 feature films, and 165 short subject films from over 60 countries and more than 220 visiting filmmakers.
The festival promises even more diversity with 10% Cinema (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender themes), American Independents, Family Films, Film is Art, Central and Eastern European Film competition, Cinema en Espanol, Director’s Spotlight, Islamic and Arab Societies, It’s Easy Being Green (environmental issues), and Pan- African Images – all being among the categories of feature films.

Audience participation is a hallmark of many film festivals, and CIFF 38 meets this requirement with “After The Credits Roll” and “Filmslam.”

After The Credits Roll is for film in the Standing Up competition at a FilmForum. Filmmakers and special guests on a panel will engage the audience in a fluid dialogue. Filmslam takes place in the mornings of the festival and is designed to help students in Northeast Ohio become more familiar with the industry; at least 6,000 students participated in the program last year.

Many of the titles and trailers of the features promise to keep the audience entertained. “Not Another Happy Ending,” is a romantic comedy about a writer that finds success with her first novel, along with love before completing the final chapter of her follow up. All writers’ need misery, or so they say; will happiness keep her from completing her work. Will she sacrifice her love for art, or something else?

There is also, “The Major” for those that love car chases and action. “Fools Day” is a dark comedy about a fourth-grade prank that goes horribly wrong. And then, there is “AntBoy”, the world’s first Danish superhero. A young boy, whose father genetically modifies animals, is bitten by an ant and given powers. His first assignment is to save the life of his father, who is often persecuted and hated for his work.

A full range of movies from shorts to full length will be featured, in all genres, as well as competitions for awards and prizes. On Saturdays there will be a variety of workshops related to the film industry that are free and open to the public.

The Cleveland State University School of Communication will offer four interactive panel discussions that are opened to the community free on Saturday, March 29. Beginning at 10 a.m., persons interested in movie making and finding out what it takes to enter festivals like CIFF can learn lots. Discussions include documentary filmmaking, independent film production, and in the afternoon starting at 1:45, forums on distributing, exhibition and film festivals, as well as, editing and post-production.

More information on the CSU events is at csuohio.edu/class/com.

Tickets for movies are $12 for members and $14 for non-members. To check out the movies and showtimes, visit clevelandfilm.org.
More information for free movies offered to college students is available at clevelandfilm.org/college.

Bronson Peshlakai contributed to this report.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.cccvoice.com/2014/04/07/cleveland-international-film-festival/

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