Mar 26

Art of Story: Comic Strip Project

Finding Me, Finding Mom art by Shari Hunter story by Katy Downey
Finding Me, Finding Mom art by Shari Hunter story by Katy Downey
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Mar 20

Funderburk Pleads Guilty!

Angela Wolfe
Editor-in-Chief, Metro Campus

Tri-C student and registered sex offender, Donell Funderburk, plead guilty to violating his parole when he attempted to lure a teenage female student off campus and to a secluded location. Funderburk was subsequently sentenced to three month in Lorain County Correctional Facility.

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Mar 19

Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF)

Angela Wolfe
Editor-in-Chief, Metro Campus

The Voice News Collaborates with the Tri-C Student Production Office for the 39th Cleveland International Film Festival(CIFF), to shoot a television show called, Cleveland Film Talk. Each episode features an in-depth interview with a filmmaker from the festival. To watch full interviews, please visit

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Mar 13

$10 Million Gift Awarded to Tri-C: Largest gift in the history of Cuyahoga Community College.


Future Home of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center

By Angela Wolfe

Metro Editor-in-Chief

The Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel foundation awarded $10 million gift to the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation. On March 12, the College Board of Trustees approved the renaming of the Liberal Arts and Performing Arts Building on the Eastern Campus to, the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Humanities Center. The crux of the foundation focuses providing leadership education programs at selected institutions and universities.

At Tri-C, the focal point will be leadership development and experiential learning. According to the press release, “A renovation will take place to create a technology-rich environment that includes areas for individual computer use, collaborative computer-based learning, and teleconferencing, along with dedicated classroom space and areas for collaborative study, quiet study and individual learning.”

The funds will also be used to establish the Scholars Academy. “It will provide our high-performing students with a vehicle to expand their educational and transfer options, participate in service learning in the community and prepare for positions in the workforce.”, said Tri-C President, Dr. Alex Johnson. At least 200 students will be selected annually to receive scholarships to participate in the program.

Dr. Johnson expressed his gratitude in saying, “We are extremely grateful for the generous support of the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel foundation and the Mandel supporting foundations. We are pleased to partner with them to invest in the future of our region by supporting excellence in student dedicated to bettering our world.”


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Mar 10

AN EDITORIAL: Sex Offenders Mingling With Minors

By: Angela Wolfe
Metro Editor-in-Chief

Artwork Provided By, Ariona Wolfe

Artwork Provided By, Ariona Wolfe

Let me paint the picture for you.

One day, a 39-year-old registered sex offender on parole for two separate cases of gross sexual imposition with both victims being under the age of 13, happily and without restriction, enrolled at Cuyahoga Community College. A stipulation of his parole states that he is prohibited from unsupervised contact with minors under the age of 18.

On that same day, a bright eyed and bushy tailed teenage girl in her early years of high school, took advantage of an opportunity that she heard about in her class that allowed her to have a step up by taking courses at a local college. The program is designed to give her a competitive edge among her peers. Wanting to excel beyond the current status quo, she also enrolled at Tri-C.

Now, as mandated by the college’s open access policy, and its collaboration with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District through various programs such as, the High-Tech Academy and Gateway to College, the two students are able to sit next to each other, communicate with one another, participate in extra-curricular activities together, and interact in a social setting. They are now intermingling as classmates in a child-to-adult relationship – all unsupervised. And, unbeknownst to the blossoming young lady, he is a pedophile.

Currently, there is no policy in place that addresses sex offenders. Tri-C never inquires about their status or stipulations. The kids, their parents/guardians, and any other watchful eye who could intervene are not made aware that such danger lurks nearby.

This laissez-faire attitude of Tri-C fosters an unsafe environment that has resulted in predatory behavior on occasions. With documented cases of sex offenders violating their parole, unwarranted sexual advances, and most terrifying of all, reported cases of alleged kidnapping and rape on campus of minors; begs the question, if Tri-C has the power of autonomy to implement a policy to protect these children – why haven’t they?

Renee Richard, Tri-C’s Vice President of Legal Services, stated, “The decision was made in 2012 that we will not require self-reporting in an effort to promote the colleges position as a college of open institution in second chances.” She also said, “What we have is our student code of conduct that requires all our students to act in a manner that ensures the health and safety of our students.”

But is that enough to truly ensure the safety of the minors on campus? Obviously not given the above real life scenario that took place here at the Metro Campus.
Tri-C could implement a policy to check names against the sex offender registry during the enrollment process, in an effort to deter unqualified sex offenders from gracing the campuses with their presence.
However, Richard went on to say, “The responsibility is not on the college to do this, the responsibility is on the sex offender to keep that distance.”

People on the frontline feel that more could be done. “It would be a great help to administrators and a relief to the parents to have a photo identification of all registered sex offenders on campus,” said Stacy Huchinson, Principal of the High-Tech Academy.

A couple of precautionary examples that Tri-C could look to for guidance in this instance would be, Ohio’s Columbus State Community College. They have put in place a felony report program that requires convicted criminals to self-report. Or, to make a bigger statement of zero tolerance, Tri-C could follow the footsteps of Lake Michigan Community College, which bans sex offenders with child victims from taking courses on their campus. Alternatively, they fittingly offer them online classes.

Many students shared the same outlook on this topic. “I think that Tri-C should first identify sex offenders upon enrollment, and then notify the parents (of the minors)”, Said Cora Franklin, Metro Campus Student Government President.

Culinary Arts student, Danielle Quarles stated, “There are a lot of young females on campus that may be afraid to speak up if an incident occurs.”

Recording Arts and Technology Assistant, Eric Wilson, feels that “It should be a screening process to ensure the safety of minors.”

Nursing student, Akia Darden, says, “I feel like there should be an alert that goes out to the students.”

Engineering student, Brian Grays, said “I don’t support the opportunity of the open access policy to sex offenders. It’s okay to have standards.”

So, for all the great opportunities that Tri-C has to offer high school students who wish to get a head-start in life, it would be a shame to lose the programs due to this liability.
While Tri-C Metro police Lt. Ronald Wynne suggested students follow the motto, “If you see something, say something.” I suggest the administration come to understand that prevention is key, and start giving this topic the proper attention it deserves.

Until then, fellow students must keep an attentive eye, and ban together to protect one another.

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Mar 03

Challengers Can’t Get Revenge

By Mitchel Guy, Sports Reporter

The Challengers Men’s basketball team fell to the conference leading Lakeland Lakers 72-59 last Wednesday in Kirtland. This was the second meeting between the two teams and once again The Lakers walked away victorious. The first game was clouded by the controversy of an altercation on the court that would lead to a series of technical fouls called, which would eventually lead to the Challengers losing.

Those circumstances made this game mean more than the typical contest to each team. The Challengers let the first one get away from them due to a lack of self-restraint by starting guard Isaiah Bennet who threw a punch at Lakeland’s Montell Goodwin. However, before the altercation, The Challengers held a considerable lead for most of the game. They came out with a chip on their shoulder the second time around to say the least. “Guys came out, giving a maximum defensive effort,” said Coach Duncan. It was a battle in the first half as the teams looked evenly matched.

The second half though, was a completely different story. All of the things that had been working for the Challengers all season simply could not happen. The 3-point shot has been one of the strongest areas for this team this year but on this night they would not fall. The Challengers shot less than 15 percent from deep.

The opening tip of the anticipated rematch against Lakeland Community College Feb. 18 Photo by Mitchel Guy

The opening tip of the anticipated rematch against Lakeland Community College Feb. 18 Photo by Mitchel Guy

The Lakers were able to take Tri-C’s leading scorer Robert Fomby almost entirely out of the game. Fomby was being defended primarily by Lakeland star Mike Davis. This was a letdown for the boys heading into the end of the season. Despite the score, Duncan felt his team was on the cusp of overcoming the conference’s best team. “It was almost there, if we could have taken it up two more notches, it was almost there.
The Challengers were able to follow up that loss with a 70-64 win at Sinclair. There is one game remaining in the regular season before conference tournament play begins. The Challengers will host Sinclair in the first round of the tournament on March 3rd.

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Feb 23

Student Profile: Aswan Harris

By Darryl Maddox
Voice Staff Writer

Aswan photo

   Meet Aswan Harris, a student in a sea of many who attends Tri – C Metro Campus. What makes Harris stand out from the rest of the students is, he has made his way into Hollywood, a place that only few become successful at an acting career.
    Aswan has climbed the acting ladder appearing in his newest film With This Ring alongside A –list stars like Jill Scott, Regina Hall, and Brooklyn Sudano. Harris was asked if there were any challenges in the role he played in his current film? He said “There weren’t any challenging situations the only thing was the scheduling, it was it was a little challenging but that wasn’t a real problem. Harris also said, “That the chemistry was great from actor to actor.
    Harris in a surprised tone said “The stars actually followed his guidance and suggestions on the set”. Harris says in 3-5 years he sees himself still acting or holding a position behind the camera. “As long as I am around the business doing things” says Harris. Proof positive that Tri – C is where futures begin.
    Harris has also co- stared alongside Kevin Costner in Draft Day and had a minor role in Marvel’s Captain America The Winter Soldier.


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Feb 23

Challengers Look for Fresh Start as Spring Training Begins

By Robert Fenbers
Sports Editor

Ron Mottl Field is covered in a snowy mess right now – some might say that is what the team was last year, a mess.

This year brings much change to the Tri-C baseball team: new head coach, coaching staff and a total of 6 returning players. The Challengers finished last season at 12-21, plagued by chemistry issues and internal issues between the coach and players, which caused numerous players to leave the team. This was a huge setback for their talented roster.

Enter new head coach Evan Agona, who brings a plethora of success and talent in his coaching staff. Agona knows the task at hand is difficult due to the large turnover from last season. “I think the first thing with the new guys and the transition is getting their trust,” says Agona. He stresses the importance of these few months leading up to the season “This is a big time to work on our skills, trying to get guys’ arms in shape and legs in shape.”

Though it’s early, Coach Agona feels that the strength of his team is his infield and the depth they have at that position. Pitching seems to be lacking due to injuries and will be a main focus this off-season from pitching coach Bob Merritt. “I want to take each one of the players wherever they are at right now and just make them better every day,” says Merritt, who enjoyed success last year with Baldwin Wallace University, as they made their first ever appearance in the College World Series. The team has been working on strength and conditioning since October, which has also allowed the teammates to come together and bond during the off-season.

In just the few short practices they have had with Coach Agona and his staff, the team seems to be buying into his philosophy. “They have been down that road, they know what they’re doing. We are ready for it, we are ready for a challenge,” says second year-third baseman/pitcher Michael Poole who already sees the difference in chemistry from last season. First baseman Jared Purdy agrees, “It’s a total new environment this year with everything. There is a lot of respect this year, give and take. With coach, he respects us a lot, we respect him obviously, and it makes us feel comfortable.”

The Challengers begin spring training with a fresh start and a coach’s philosophy based on past success. Even though the season is still a month away, they will face a tough opponent this off-season that will likely define their season; an opponent that defeated them last season. That opponent is trust and chemistry.

The Challengers first game will be on March 7th 2015 be against Catawba Valley Community College (NC) 1:00pm at Hickory, NC.

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Feb 23

The Heart of the Matter

Catrina Leone

Catrina Leone

By Catrina Leone
Illustration by Roger San Juan

When you’re living with a chronic condition, it’s hard not to put an expiration date on your life. I’m Catrina Leone and this is my story.

Some may be wondering what triggered me to title this article “The Heart of the Matter.” I can say it has nothing to do with Valentine’s Day or romance, but more to do with the quality of life. They say life is short, something we need to not take for granted. I am 22 years old, a college student, and a girl with a hole in her heart. Being born 2 and a half months premature was hard on my whole family, as my mom’s life and mine hung in the balance. It is important to note that I lived a seemingly normal childhood, one that involved nap time, beanie babies, backstreet boys, Barbie’s, and volleyball. All of which included yearly trips to my heart doctor. I did not have many restrictions on what I could and could not do. It’s like the hole in my heart wasn’t really there…but it was.

“You should find a boy to fill the hole in your heart.” That was a statement I heard frequently, it would take more than an emotional connection to fix it, believe me. I am a miracle baby to some, an inspiration to others, but to me, faith moves mountains, and I needed that faith that fateful day in November of 2014 when I found out my heart valve was leaking.

For those who know someone living with chronic conditions like Chron’s Disease, Tourette’s disorder, etc., you know first- hand how hard it can be. How do you help? What do you do when it takes a turn for the worst? You have to be there for them, always. When my cardiologist told my mom and I that my mitral valve was leaking, I had to ask him if he was kidding. Then, I found myself evaluating my life, wondering if it was my fault. That is one thing not to do; it is not your fault…at all.

After crying my heart out, I made the choice to not let my heart condition define me. I will define it. I will defy the odds. Am I afraid? Yes. Do I let that fear control my life? No. Life is a precious gift I do not intend to waste, and through my story, I hope you choose not to either. I am living proof.

Illustration by Roger San Juan, West Campus staff artist.

Illustration by Roger San Juan, West Campus staff artist.

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Feb 23

Lady Challengers Scratch and Claw Their Way to Victory

By Robert Fenbers
Sports Editor

Playing down to competition has been a common occurrence all season for the Challengers. It was almost their undoing yet again.

Perhaps an ominous sign that this game against Lorain County Community College was going to be a tough one – the team bus broke down on the way to the game. After about a 30 minute delay, the game was underway. Coming into this contest both teams had losing streaks including LCCC’s 12 game losing streak.

The Commodore’s Lorain County Community College held their own against Tri-C for the first half. It was a gutsy performance by guard Onyx Lopez and forward Gabby Woods, who seemed to carry their team.

On a night when both teams struggled to score, Tashanae Duncan had 9 Points, 4 Rebounds and 3 steals. “This game was very important because we are trying to go to the postseason,” said Duncan. She along with Keri Hill came up with timely baskets all game that seemed to take away the moment just as it seemed LCCC was going to take the lead.

Donnae Waters and Lauren Harris added a combined 24 rebounds, as the Lady Challengers outrebounded the Commodores 51-34.

The game came down to the wire and eventually the Challengers wore down the Commodores with defense and forced them into numerous turnovers, including 13 from Onyx Lopez and 30 overall for the Commodores.

Nnena Adiqwe takes a shot under the basket in a closely contested game against Lorain County Community College Feb.11 Photo By Robert Fenbers

Nnena Adiqwe takes a shot under the basket in a closely contested game against Lorain County Community College Feb.11 Photo By Robert Fenbers

Some might say the Challengers are better than their record. After the game Hill spoke of how the team let some games get away from them this season, “Some of the teams outhustled us, a lot of the games we were in them until the end and we let the slip away.”

This was a crucial win for the Challengers, improving their record to 7-12 as they continue to fight for a spot in the postseason.

All stats courtesy of OCCAC.ORG

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