Nov 02

SOCCER: Tri-C Earns a Win Against Ancilla, but Loses to Schoolcraft

By Brendan Madden, West Campus Staff Writer

Cuyahoga Community College’s men’s soccer team, the Challengers, won a hard-fought victory against Ancilla College on September 24 with a final score of 2-1.

At the end of the first half, it looked as if Ancilla College had this one in the bag. But, as Head Soccer Coach

Anderson put it, “We didn’t work as hard as we needed to in the first half, but we were able to bring it back, and that’s all that matters in the end.”

The Challengers then played against Schoolcraft College for the second and last time this season. Unfortunately, like the last time Tri-C went against Schoolcraft (which ended with a 0-4 loss for Tri-C), this game ended with a crushing loss of 0-6. But Coach Anderson remains optimistic for the last month of this season.

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Oct 25

Tri-C Students Learn to Be Leaders at Student Leadership Retreat

By Lore Smith, East Campus Associate Editor

Student leaders from Cuyahoga Community College gathered for a highly participatory leadership retreat on September 22 at the Hospitality Management Center. These students engaged in different activities to recognize their ability to lead. Participants also evaluated their perceptions and biases about leadership in small group activities. The facilitators generated discussions and activities regarding the difficulties of decision-making, then participants completed the activities, considering different decision-making approaches. It was made clear that different decisions aren’t necessarily wrong, since leaders have different perspectives.

Everyone’s decision should be respected. A series of team-building exercises showed students how working in a team can be fun and engaging. Students experienced the power of teamwork by working together and examining the dynamics of their team. They learned it’s incumbent upon the leader to ensure the team is working toward a common goal. The activities taught student leaders that teamwork is necessary for the most effective outcome, and clear communication is critical.

Time was allotted within each activity for a short debriefing session, where the facilitator helped students articulate the teamwork concepts illustrated by that activity. In the middle of the retreat, a discussion panel was held featuring three noteworthy speakers:

Bob DiBiasio, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs with the Cleveland Indians; Geralyn Presti, a Board Trustee of Tri-C and President/CEO of the Music Settlement; and Monique Menefee-Profitt, a Tri-C alumna and veteran of the U.S. Air Force pursuing her PhD.

Each speaker shared leadership experiences from their professional and personal lives. They imparted nuggets of wisdom regarding leadership mistakes, their biggest risks, work-life balance, and resources to help make students into better leaders. After the students enjoyed a wonderful lunch prepared by Tri-C’s hospitality team, Kimberly LoVano from the Cleveland Food Bank shared data related to food insecurity, housing, health, and employment in northeast Ohio. Her passion is to understand and address the issues impacting hunger.

LoVano also shared the processes and procedures needed to obtain food from the Food Bank and how the Cleveland Food Bank networks with other agencies to help combat hunger. The retreat’s structure was a combination of didactic, experiential, and self-directed learning. It was active, intentional, and impactful. This retreat made students think about what makes a great leader, and how to become one themselves.

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Oct 25

Sally Kurowski Retires After 31 Years at Tri-C

By Richard Monastra, West Campus Staff Writer

“My grandfather always stressed the importance of education,” said Sally Kurowski,Director of Developmental Education and Learning Services at Cuyahoga Community College. “I am fortunate to be the first in my family to earn a college degree.” Kurowski’s love of learning only grew from there.

“When I thought about what I wanted to be when I grew up, the answer was always, ‘A teacher,’” she said.Kurowski has been with Tri-C for 31 years. Since 1986, she has been aiding students in their pursuit of learning. This month, she will be retiring from her work at Tri-C. It all started in 1986. Kurowski had just taken time off work to help raise a family. She had been a middle school English teacher in the past and wanted to get back into the world of teaching. She began working at Tri-C as a part-time English tutor.

In two short years, she was promoted to Part-Time Supervisory Clerical Assistant. Through hard work and a genuine love for learning and teaching, she earned a full-time job and became Director of Developmental Education and Learning Services. She’s been director since 2008 and has loved every second of it.

“She always put the needs of students in front of her own,” said coworker Johnathan Tarnai. “It takes a special person to do that for 31 years!” Even after she was promoted to supervisor and director, Kurowski kept the students as her number-one priority. Instead of getting complacent, she strived to serve.

“Tri-C has enabled me not only to serve and support students but also to develop professionally,” she said. “Once I started here, I wanted to stay…Working with students, faculty, and staff at Tri-C has been my privilege.”

This woman’s one goal in life seems to be helping others. Many of us see Tri-C as a stepping stone, simply a red light on our road to a higher education. Not Sally Kurowski. “Education empowers each one of us,” she said. “Tri-C is quite literally ‘Where futures begin®’ and where, I believe, futures grow.”

Where we saw a stop light, she saw a rest stop. Then a restaurant. And finally, a hotel where every worker gave you a genuine smile and made sure your needs were taken care of. When questioned about any possible regrets about her time at Tri-C, she simply said, “I don’t have any regrets…I am able to serve students, and in turn, the faculty and staff who also serve students every day.”

“Her commitment to providing quality services to students, staff, and faculty is evident in all she does,” said another coworker, Shumuire Spivey. “While I will miss working with Sally, I am so happy that she is able to begin a new journey in life.“

Kurowski plans to spend time with her husband, three children, and seven grandchildren.

Her parting words: “If I could give only one word, it would be ‘Listen.’”

Thirty-one years of wisdom and service to her community

boiled down to a single word,

a single piece of advice we all need to consider.

Thank you, Sally Kurowski.

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Oct 25

Surviving Hurricane Irma

By Tracy Dawn, West Campus Associate Editor

To say Hurricane Irma was devastating is an understatement. Florida residents were urged to evacuate in all parts of the state. Some people were unable to leave, living a nightmare while they were forced to stay and “wait it out.”

“The first thing that was depleted was gas and water,” said Laura Marie, a resident of Pompano Beach near Fort Lauderdale. “So, no gas, no water, at least eight days prior [to thehurricane].”

“On the seventh day, food was limited, and the hurricane hadn’t even hit yet,” Marie said. Marie had to stay due to work priorities. She had very little gas to make it to work or anywhere else, for that matter. She, like many residents who couldn’t leave, had to buy supplies to barricade herself inside her home. Then, the waiting game began.

The emergency alarm resonated through residents’ ears. Even though she was feeling powerless and frightened, Laura knew she had to protect herself and her dog. Laura recalls hearing the alarms and not knowing what was going to happen next.

“The jolt of panic that came over me each time, thinking, ‘Okay, this is it,’” she said. “I’d jump out of bed, grab the dog, and hide… wait a few minutes, check if the coast was clear, and repeat this all night, never knowing if this was the moment I would get wrecked, and bracing for it.”

The night was over and the hurricane had passed. Laura, like most, felt lucky not to have been hit as hard as they could have been. Electricity was out for over a week in most areas, but Comcast Cable sent in drones to offer free wifi to people, and Verizon Wireless gave free data and unlimited calls to their customers.

Meanwhile, other parts of the state faced a similar situation.

Orlando was out of power in a lot of areas for at least three days after the storm. The McDonald’s there had some items available on their menu, but they were running out of food fast. Orlando made the list for one of the happiest places to live in America, and for good reason. They have Disney World, Seaworld, and more all in close proximity. However, several days after the hurricane, the city didn’t feel like a happy place. There was a sadness over it.

Although they were trying to pick up the pieces, it was obvious the storm had just passed through. Disney World was very overcrowded at the resorts. Lines to check in and out were the longest I had ever seen. Many people I spoke with said they went there because they had no electricity at home. A woman named Serena told me she planned on staying at Disney Resorts for another week until the power was back on in Miami.

All in all, most people felt lucky that the hurricane didn’t hit them as bad as they had anticipated. Most had a positive outlook and wanted to help others get back to their daily lives. These are the survivors of Hurricane Irma.

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Oct 25

Who Will Stop This Hate

A poem by Rose Reichard, Metro Campus Staff Writer

What’s with people these days?

Picking on the innocent

Always putting them down

Who will stand up to those people?

Who will fight back and help the weak?

Who will stop this hate?

Is this our true human nature?

Will we always stand to the side and watch stuff happen?

We need to take a stand

Who will hold the innocent as they cry?

Who will tend to the wounds of the fallen?

Who will stop this hate?

From bullying, the innocent hurt themselves

They’re cutting wrists, hanging themselves

Is this the innocents’ doing, or the bullies?

Please, someone make them stop.

Who will help?

Who will stop this hate?

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Oct 02

Student Government of Westshore Campus

By Michelle Smith, Westshore Campus Staff Writer and Student Government President
Be the change you want to see on campus. Student Government is available for students to express the need for changes they want to see on and around their campus. It’s the voice of the student body.
The Student Government of Westshore Campus meets at the alcove in the front of Corporate College West (CCW), across from the security desk, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Fridays. All are welcome to join and participate.
Michele Smith, President; Nathaniel Bevington, Vice President; Barbie Robertson, Secretary; and Adolphe Musanga, Treasurer, are here to advocate for you to the administration of Cuyahoga Community College. Please feel free to verbalize any concerns you have to your Student Government.
Additionally, the Student Food Pantry at CCW is looking for non-perishable food items. If you are in need of a meal, please don’t hesitate to inquire at the Student Engagement Office in CCW-100.
This semester, the Student Government of Westshore Campus is planning many different activities to help engage the student body. Feel free to attend all of them! Look for announcements in The Voice and around campus.

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Oct 02

Men’s Soccer: Challengers Are Victorious Against Lakeland CC

By Brendan Madden, West Campus Staff Writer, and Fiona Hughes, West Campus Editor-in-Chief
The score was 2-1. John Carroll University beat Cuyahoga Community College’s men’s soccer team, the Challengers, on September 5. Throughout the match, the referees made many questionable calls. During the second half of the game, Number 15 from John Carroll university was left injured, lying on the field, for over a minute.
Some of the players, most of them from John Carroll, blatantly grabbed and pulled other players to the ground.
Spectators from both Tri-C and John Carroll felt the referees just weren’t paying attention or didn’t care. This was not the only case of  “ref laziness,” as one observer put it.
“I don’t think the refs were too unfair,” said Tri-C’s men’s soccer coach Devan Anderson. “Yeah, there were some calls they missed. But I believe they’re just trying to make the best calls they can.”
Although this was an upsetting loss for the team, Anderson remains very optimistic for the rest of the season, saying,
“We have a lot of solid second-year players who really drive our team; we also have some really skilled first-year players. ”The Challengers traveled to Michigan for the September 8 game against Schoolcraft College, but Schoolcraft won 4-0.
“Schoolcraft is just a better team,” Anderson said. But September 13 brought Tri-C a victory against Lakeland Comm
unity College, with a final score of 4-3 after Tri-C’ s Number 21 scored effortlessly. “We have a relatively young team, so they know how to play good,” Anderson said after the win. “It’s just that they don’t have the right mindset yet.”
The next issue of The Voice will include more inside details on the Challengers’ games
this season. You can show your support for the Challengers at West Campus on September 29 against Schoolcraft College and October 4 against Mercyhurst North East College.

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Oct 02

Healthy Eating on a Student Budget

By Elizabeth Gadus, West Campus Staff Writer
If you’re like me, you’re low on cash and big on appetite. I usually hit the snack machines or grab something like fries or pizza from the cafeteria when I get hungry. As a result, I’ve gained weight and haven’t really saved money.
Most Cuyahoga Community College students live at home with their parents. Even though food is available to them there, they prefer not to carry it along, instead seeking out a quick lunch from the cafeteria or vending machines. It’s not only expensive–it’s also unhealthy.
Food Banks on each Tri-C campus supply various items for students living on their own and families in need. You can apply in your campus’ Student Life Office. Remember to bring your Tri-C ID! (For more information about Tri-C’s Food Banks, check out the article by Dylan Doyle.)
One of the best ways to eat healthy on a small budget is to pack a lunch. Using your own resources not only prevents financial decay, it also allows you to create healthy snacks or meals you like that don’t eat up your budget.
Here are some suggestions:
●Pita wrap (instead of bread)
●Fresh fruit and veggies
●Salad with veggies, cheese, and meat (Try it with your
favorites! It can be quite tasty.)
●Nuts, if you want something salty
●Raisins and other dried fruits (in moderation)
●Water or juice instead of pop
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be complicated if you maintain a simple menu created by you!

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Oct 02

Cleveland Eats: Tri-C Created a New Food Festival, and Cleveland Ate It Up

By Hannah Lovejoy, Social Media Editor, and Richard Monastra, West Campus Staff Writer
There was an air of excitement. The day couldn’t have been nicer. The second I walked in, the sound of people having fun could be heard all around. Upbeat music played from a nearby stage. The aroma of delicious food surrounded me. And it only cost $5.
The very first Cleveland Eats culinary festival wrapped up Saturday, September 16. The goal of this festival was to raise awareness and gain funds for Cuyahoga Community College’s Hospitality Management and its students’
scholarships. Over 30 chefs donated their time to benefit education and Tri-C.
Cleveland Eats started Thursday, September 14, with a VIP event at Tri-C’s Hospitality Management Center in Public Square. This event offered walkthroughs of kitchen preparation,sampling of an array of food and beverages, and baskets of goods up for auction. Of those in attendance was Dean of the Hospitality Management Program, Michael Huff.
“This ticketed event is a kick-off for the weekend, to get everyone excited about the food and other events to come.” Huff said he wanted the event to be for the students. Not only were Hospitality Management students donating their time that night, but over 300 other students across a variety of programs got to take part and help out with Cleveland Eats.
“I wanted this event to build relationships and connections with students and future employers,” Huff said.
Each student was paired with a participating chef and spent the days prior to Thursday in that chef’s restaurant kitchen, preparing for the event. Huff praised the food and how well the students were communicating with the chefs.
“Cleveland Eats has perfect timing,” Huff said. “The Cleveland food scene is on the rise, and this event just showcases that and the future chefs of this city.”
Friday was known as the “happy hour” of the festival, dedicated to food trucks, alcoholic beverages, and beating a world record by constructing a 216-pound pierogi! The main event on Saturday cost $5 per person and was more of
a family-friendly event.
“Jalapeno-cheddar sausage,” answered event-goer John Pence when asked about his favorite dish at the festival. “And it was only $5. Hell of a deal.” Another crowd favorite was the sliders from Stack’d, which were equally a steal at $5. All plates were only $5!
There were also live cooking shows throughout the festival, featuring a variety of local chefs sharing their cooking tips. These were free-of-charge and open for anyone to sit in and watch.
“The music rocks!” said vendor Shannon Hogar. “The kids are running around chasing bubbles. People are full from all the food. This place just rocks.”
The kids’ play area had face painting, entertainers on stilts, people teaching little ones how to hula hoop, and so much more. There wasn’t a bored kid in sight.
Once the day turned to night and everyone was well-fed, the fireworks went off, signaling the end of the first annual Cleveland Eats festival. Raising money for local scholarships, bringing awareness to some great local restaurants, and providing people of all ages with a good time were all part of this event.
Don’t miss next year’s Cleveland Eats.

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Oct 02

Tri-C Offers Benefits and Services to Student Veterans

By Brendan Madden, West Campus Staff Writer and U.S. Navy Veteran
What does it mean to be a military veteran? To be accepted by the Veterans Association and federal and state government, the service member must have completed at least 180 days of consecutive active duty service. This allows the service member to qualify for a characterized discharge from the armed forces and become eligible for veteran benefits.
But being a veteran goes much deeper than any definition. Being a veteran shows you were willing to lay your life on the line for someone else’s–someone you never knew and probably never will know. When you sign a military service contract, you give up your life for at least four years to serve others.
But you’re not alone. Cuyahoga Community College, West Campus, has a large veteran community: between 250 and 400 student veterans walking the halls e very day. The CRILE Veterans Services Office in G112A is a warm and
friendly environment for veterans, with friendly staff who are veterans themselves.
“It’s all about student success here, and these people are like brothers and sisters to me,” says the leader of the office, simply referred to as Matt, who served four years in the National Guard.
“I love helping them out anyway I can.” With people like Matt in charge, it’s no wonder Tri-C has been ranked as a military-friendly school for eight years in a row.
“I’ve actually been to two community colleges before this one, and I think Tri-C the best,” said Meredith Mox, a Navy veteran of six years and now a Tri-C student. “I love the veteran programs here.”
The Veterans Upward Bound program is just one of the programs and initiatives of Tri-C that help veterans succeed. It allows veterans working toward their first college degree the opportunity to receive a free refresher course and
tutoring, as well as support.
Whether they were unable to be with their family for Christmas, missed the birth of their child, or lost a limb, these veterans need to know the benefits and programs that exist for them. They’ve earned it.

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