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.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.cccvoice.com/2017/10/02/student-government-westshore-campus/

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.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.cccvoice.com/2017/10/02/mens-soccer-challengers-victorious-lakeland-cc/

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!

Permanent link to this article: http://www.cccvoice.com/2017/10/02/healthy-eating-student-budget/

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.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.cccvoice.com/2017/10/02/cleveland-eats-tri-c-created-new-food-festival-cleveland-ate/

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.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.cccvoice.com/2017/10/02/tri-c-offers-benefits-services-student-veterans/

Sep 30

Your Friendly Neighborhood Gender Sexuality Alliance

By Johny Rodriguez, West Campus Staff Writer
“People are like ‘Oh, it’s the gay group’, and it’s not, actually,”
says Michael Flatt, sociology professor and faculty advisor of the Lambda Gender Sexuality Alliance on Cuyahoga Community College’s West Campus.
Lambda’s objective is to shine a light on matters of prejudice while trying to create a strong, safe, and welcoming environment for anyone afraid to be themselves, he said. The “Safe Zone” is one of the main tools for comfortability and safety. A Safe Zone is a space in which everyone will be respected and heard, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression. These can be found on every Tri-C campus.
According to Flatt, Lambda has three main objectives: service, educate, and socialize.
Service means volunteering and fundraising for important causes. They also find it important to educate not only students, but everyone on campus, about issues relating to the LGBTQ community. The third objective is to socialize.
At the end of school last year, the group went to play laser-tag, Flatt said. They have taken trips to go roller skating and have dessert at Sweet Moses. “It’s a big part of the group.” Flatt said.
To kick off LGBTQ History Month, an exhibition of panels displaying the history of LGBTQ movements from World War II to today will be traveling around Tri-C’s campuses. This exhibition will be at West Campus October 2-5, East Campus October 9-11, and Metro Campus October 16-20.
The final day of the exhibition will wrap up with a celebration of National Coming Out Day, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. October 5. Coming out monologues will be presented that day, and everyone is welcome to enjoy, learn, and socialize at this event.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.cccvoice.com/2017/09/30/friendly-neighborhood-gender-sexuality-alliance/

Sep 30

Back-to-School Tips

By Daniela Cacho, West Campus Staff Writer, with quotes from Alexis Haywood, East Campus Staff Writer
Winter in Cleveland is brutal, so spending the days outside once the sun finally comes out is addicting. This makes planning for school a lesser priority. Putting away the sunglasses and switching to reading glasses can be difficult, but with some easy-to -follow tips, the transition back to school will go smoothly.
●Prepare for the school day the night prior. This eliminates stress in the morning, and it’s
always best to stay ahead of the game.
●Keonna French, a Purchasing and Supply Management major at Cuyahoga Community College, said, “Coming back to school after summer break is a big hassle since I have an 8 a.m. math class.” She said she goes to bed early and completes all her duties at home in advance to stay focused.
●Whether you are a returning student or this is your first year attending college, give teachers your full attention in class, participate as much as you can, and ask anything you’re wondering about.
●Max Backderf, a Tri-C student pursuing an Associate of Arts degree, tries to keep his mealtimes and sleep schedule consistent every day. “If you put your body on a routine daily, you’ll be successful,” he said.
●Kelsey Connolly, a Tri-C freshman majoring in physical therapy, uses her planner to properly schedule time between her classes and allocate study time each day. She emphasized the importance of not overdoing it, taking breaks in between studying, and not cramming at the last minute. Her advice: “Keep a study schedule, and stick with it.”
●“Make going full-time to college and earning an Associate’s degree your highest possible priority,”says Journalism and Mass Communication Professor John Kerezy. “Those with an Associate’s degree will make $40,000 more over their lifetime, on average, than those without a degree. Go for that $40,000!”
●Take advantage of everything Tri-C has to offer. “Tri-C has a lot of resources,” said Connor Wodarczyk, a Tri-C student. “Tutoring, for example, helped me out a lot. They even help you build resumes in the Writing Center.’’
●And finally, don’t be afraid to ask for help! Your teachers are there for you if you have any questions or problems in class, and the staff on each campus offers a helping hand for every student. There are plenty of counselors and faculty members to guide you through your academic career.
Welcome to the Fall 2017 semester!

Permanent link to this article: http://www.cccvoice.com/2017/09/30/back-school-tips/

Sep 30

Saving Shark Week: If we let sharks go extinct, Shark Week will die, too.

Story and photo by Fiona Hughes, West Campus Editor-in-Chief
Shark Week was months ago, so it may seem like old news, but sh
arks still need our attention.
“An estimated 100 million sharks are killed annually,” according to USA Today and shark researchers. “We’ve absolutely annihilated the species on a global scale,” says Demian Chapman in National Geographic’s August 2016 issue.
In contrast, sharks rarely kill humans. In last July’s issue of National Geographic, Erik Vance writes,
“In water off California, the chances of a surfer being bitten by a great white shark
are one in 17 million; for swimmers, it’s even rarer.”
Dog attacks are actually more common than shark attacks: There were 34 dog attacks in
the U.S. in 2015, as opposed to six shark attacks worldwide, according to National Geographic’s
Glenn Hodges.
So, sharks aren’t the danger most people think they are. Scientists are learning they even have personalities and quirks, the Miami Herald wrote. If that’s not enough to make you care about sharks, maybe their role in the entire ocean’s health will. Most sharks are what’s known as an apex predator–they keep the entire ocean in balance.
NOAA’s Ocean Today says, “They play a vital role in keeping the ecosystem healthy.” What does that mean, exactly? Without sharks, the ocean’s ecosystems can suffer,resulting in less fish and other marine life.
“Sharks play such an integral role in the food web that if they vanish, the effect could be felt on your dinner plate,” wrote USA Today.
There are many simple ways you can help keep sharks in our oceans. Discovery Channel and the Miami Herald offer a few suggestions:
●Only buy seafood from sustainable fisheries.
●Don’t buy cosmetics, supplements, and other goods that use sharks.
●Contact state representatives about the problems sharks face.
●Show your support for marine protection laws, sustainable fisheries, and no-trade in endangered species policies.
●Tell other people how important sharks are. Make your community aware of how we need to save sharks.
●Support environmental groups! Volunteering your time and money is one of the best ways to have a positive effect on the world’s ecosystems, according to Discovery Channel.
Get out there and make a difference today, saving sharks and keeping Shark Week on TV for years to come.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.cccvoice.com/2017/09/30/saving-shark-week-let-sharks-go-extinct-shark-week-will-die/

Sep 30

The Cost of a Hurricane

 By Richard Monastra, West Campus Staff Writer
The costs of Hurricane Harvey are equivalent to over 25,000 free
Associate’s degrees for Cuyahoga Community College students. Harvey is estimated to cost as much as $160 billion. That includes lost wages, property damage, and economic losses.
Rebecca Quiroga, a college student in Texas, had to deal with property damage firsthand. Her house flooded so badly, they had to throw away a lot of water-damaged belongings, as well as doors and parts of their walls.
The magnitude of this catastrophe isn’t lost on members of our own community. The president of Tri-C, Alex Johnson, is hoping to help people affected by the storm. He understands the burden of natural disasters on a college and its students.
“I was chancellor in Del Gato College during Katrina,” he said. “As I reflect on my experience, I find it very similar to what is now going on in Houston. And I do know that support from the external community would be most welcomed.”
While it’s important to help the general public, it’s also important to focus on young adults.
“I want to ask faculty, staff, and students for their support for a fund that at some point in time we can distribute to the hardest hit institutions in that area,” Johnson said. “A lot of the students, a lot of the staff, and a lot of the faculty members are suffering some personal losses, some of whose lives are quite honestly being devastated. And those are the people we should consider helping.”
Currently, he is working with the American Association of Community Colleges, which represents the needs of community colleges and helps them in times of crisis. Through this organization, he was put in touch with schools in the area.
“They have shared with me that perhaps the best way to get money into the hands of students is to donate directly to the institutions,” Johnson said. “That may be our tactic here.”
We can all help by donating to any number of charities, like the Feeding Texas Foundation and United Way for Greater Texas. Those are two verified charities, so you know your money is actually going to benefit those in need.
You could donate blood to the Red Cross; there will be a blood drive 10 a.m. September
28 at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center, Theatre Lobby on East Campus.
Those are just a few examples of how you can help the victims of this hurricane and
others. Texas and Florida may seem very far away, but students are there who are just like us. And they need our help.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.cccvoice.com/2017/09/30/the-cost-of-a-hurricane/

Sep 28

Connect 2 Campus

Story by James P. Whitfield, Metro Campus Associate Editor

Connect 2 Campus is an event that gives students the opportunity to learn about academic programs, campus resources, and student clubs and organizations at Cuyahoga Community College. This event took place September 13 at Metro Campus and East Campus.

It’s always an exciting event because students are interacting with each other and learning their way around campus. Explore your campus today and find out what resources, clubs, and events are available to make your time at Tri-C as enjoyable as possible.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.cccvoice.com/2017/09/28/connect-2-campus/

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