Oct 31

FIRST TO REPORT: Tri-C Basketball Player Seriously Injured in Crash

Screen Shot 2014-10-31 at 7.03.56 PMBy Bronson Peshlakai
Metro Editor

The Voice News confirmed that Cuyahoga Community College returning basketball player Antonio Mason was seriously injured in a car crash Oct. 12.

In an interview tonight with Mason from his hospital bed, he said his car was split in half, and he was ejected after a drunken driver slammed into his car at speeds estimated at 100 mph, according to a Cleveland Police accident report.

Mason suffered spinal cord injuries and cannot move his legs nor has feeling in his lower extremities.

The Voice News is working two angles, on video and in print, in the coming days with this tragic story.

The video report will be online Monday, and the full story in print when The Voice hits stands Nov. 10th.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.cccvoice.com/2014/10/31/first-report-tri-c-basketball-player-seriously-injured-crash/

Oct 15

Ebola Scare Arrives in NEO Ohio, Nursing Students on Edge

By Bronson Peshlakai
Executive Producer
The Voice News

The most recent person diagnosed with the Ebola virus was visiting the Akron area and flew out of Hopkins back to Dallas this past Monday.

Amber Vinson, 26, is a nurse at the Dallas-area facility where Thomas Eric Duncan died after being the first person in the U.S. to die from exposure to Ebola.

Students in the Tri-C nursing program are taught to work with infectious diseases, but with Vinson’s visit to Akron after being exposed to the virus, some students are nervous at the implications should a case pop up here.

The Voice News is working multiple angles with team coverage today and tomorrow… stay tuned for more coverage here at CCCVOICE.COM

Permanent link to this article: http://www.cccvoice.com/2014/10/15/ebola-scare-arrives-neo-ohio-nursing-students-edge/

Oct 13

FLASHCAST Episode 2: Tax Levy Rally at Tower City

The second installment of “Flashcast” is available by clicking on the above YouTube link. Darryl Maddox continues to report on the latest news about the upcoming tax levy increase that will be posed to voters on November 4.

Also, Voice editor Bronson Peshlakai challenged Tri-C District President Alex Johnson to the ALS ice bucket challenge in a previous episode of The Voice News. Johnson follows through with the challenge.

The “Flashcast” news program is a condensed version of The Voice News, Tri-C’s student-run TV newscasts that can be seen right here at CCCVOICE.COM.

The “Flashcast” is seen by many students on the Metro Campus’s “HiViz” ultra-high definition televisions placed around the campus.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.cccvoice.com/2014/10/13/flashcast-episode-2-tax-levy-rally-tower-city/

Oct 10

Tri-C Men’s Soccer Mid-season Report

Tri-C freshman Tevin Williams drives the ball down the field with Lake Michigan College defenseman Joey Pasternak at a soccer match played at the Western Campus on Sept. 27. <i>Photo by Emily Rohm</i>

By Robby Fenbers
West Associate Editor

The Challengers continue to improve, build confidence and look for wins as they enter the second half of the 2014 season.

Coming off a rough season in which Tri-C saw only one win, Soccer Coach Devan Anderson made it clear to his team that he has high expectations this year. Led by team captains Andrei Plop, Mark Primuth and Kevin Mann, the team looks to use its experience to win close games that they might not have won last season.

“We have one of our best returning classes,” said Coach Anderson, who remains optimistic this season. The Challengers are returning 10 players this year.

As of this writing, the Challengers record is 4-5-1 already eclipsing their win total from last season.

“It is a lot of hard work and positivity,” says Plop, who is in his second year with the team, and went through the misery of last season. “We have a lot more people that know the game and have better experience.”

Though experience is always welcome, the Challengers are finding that sometimes the inexperienced have the upper hand. Richard Vanhorne emerged as a superstar with the team the past two seasons and another Jamaican freshman is grabbing the attention of not only the conference, but the entire division.

Tevin Williams continues to score goals at a blistering pace as he has 13 goals in 10 games. Coming off one of his greatest games, Williams scored four goals, one of which was a penalty kick as the Challengers defeated Lake Michigan College 5-4.

“It means a lot knowing what he did and being compared to him, I’m just trying to surpass that right now,” Williams said, when asked about being compared to Vanhorne.

Although Coach Anderson has been pleased with Williams’s freshman season, he says he does not yet have the experience of a Vanhorne, but he is playing above expectations. “I go out and specifically recruit finishers; Tevin has the ability to finish.”

With their confidence growing each game, the Challengers will look to finish the season strong.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.cccvoice.com/2014/10/10/tri-c-mens-soccer-mid-season-report/

Sep 24

Biz Markie and DJ Swamp Performs at HipHop Homecoming at Metro

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Biz Markie

By Lauren Mangan

Be sure to catch music icons Biz Markie and DJ Swamp this Friday as they entertain a crowd at 7:30 p.m. in the Metro Mainstage Theatre.

General Admission is $20, but Tri-C students pay $5, and other students pay $10.

Biz Markie is best known for his hit “Just a Friend” and has a long career in both music and television.

Cleveland native DJ Swamp made history with the first music video to include 3-D video scratching. He produced several DJ tools including his infamous “skip-proof” records. He has toured extensively with Beck, and his scratching has appeared on songs by The Crystal Method, Vanilla Ice, Devo, Hanson, Kid Rock, and Katy Perry to name a few.

These icons make their appearance during a three-day HipHop Homecoming event, where all the other events are free. There will be panel discussion Thursday and Friday, and a family-fun day on Saturday where people can participate in sessions on graffiti art, turntabling, breakdancing and beat box.

More information is available by clicking here.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.cccvoice.com/2014/09/24/biz-markie-dj-swamp-performs-hiphop-homecoming-metro/

Sep 24

Power Outage at East Campus Canceled Evening Classes

Power-Outage-Graphic1A regional power outage where the Tri-C Eastern Campus and Corporate College East is located caused the college to cancel classes at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Marcia Lefridge, the Eastern Campus Editor-in-Chief, reported that the lights in all the buildings at East were off, and emergency lights were illuminated.

Also, traffic lights at Richmond and Harvard roads were not working.

The Illuminating Company Website reported that crews were addressing two different power outages in the area where between 21 and 100 customers have lost power at around 3:45 p.m. Wednesday.

The power company restored power by the evening, and classes were expected to meet as scheduled on Thursday.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.cccvoice.com/2014/09/24/breaking-power-outage-east-campus-classes-5-p-m-canceled/

Sep 11

President Bush Delights Sold-Out Audience, New Scholarship in Name

A camera vantage point looking onto the first floor of the Presidential Scholarship Luncheon on Sept. 11. Photo by Bronson Peshlakai

Less Formal Affair for Keynote Speaker at Big Production Luncheon

By Bronson Peshlakai
Metro Campus Editor-in-Chief

CLEVELAND –- Poignant moments from his presidency mixed with classic self-disparaging anecdotes President George W. Bush, 68, delighted an audience of about 1,200 at the Tri-C Foundation Presidential Scholarship Luncheon held at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel Sept. 11.

In the first time in at least three years of speakers at the luncheon, the keynote speaker immediately took a seat after introductions in an easy chair next to Tri-C President Alex Johnson for a Q&A session at the sold out, $1,000+ plate dinner – which school officials said raised more than $1.6 million this year.

The tone of the event seemed to almost set itself when the president congratulated Mayor Frank Jackson in the audience and the need to have the potholes of Cleveland filled.

The mood became solemn when a moment of silence was offered in remembrance of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

After talking about the 9/11 events, Johnson asked the president about his views on the Middle Eastern situation with ISIL and Syrian conflicts.

“Without U.S. leadership they thrive,” Bush said. “Enemies become allies.

“Eventually freedom will prevail … Study Mandela if you want to lead a nation.”

Bush said he learned diplomacy from a master, his father George H.W. Bush.

“To conduct foreign policy it is very important to understand how a person thinks,” Bush said.

He acknowledged that immigration reform in America needs to happen. Enforcing the nation’s border is a huge fix, as well as changing small business laws that would allow temporary immigrants with a tamper-proof card to work in the U.S. to do jobs the Americans don’t want to do. It’s a change he believes will become law in the future.

“The challenge is for people that are here, and it is important to understand that people want to come to America to better their lives,” Bush said.

After Bush’s speech, Johnson said a new scholarship will be available to students, the “President George W. Bush Scholarship Fund.”

Members of the audience were given a complimentary copy of Bush’s #1 national bestseller “Decision Points.”

Although there were no metal detectors visible, attendees were required to show a numbered ticket with his or her name printed on it along with identification to enter the event.

Security and Secret Service were present and the audience were reminded several times that personal recordings on cell phones, including audio and video, were strictly not allowed.

The Presidential Scholarship Foundation has brought big name speakers in the past. The last three were President Bill Clinton, U.S. Sec’y of State Madeleine Albright, and U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Entertainers and news anchors such as Opray Winfrey, Cokie Roberts, Tom Brokaw and the late Tim Russert have also been keynote speakers for the luncheon.

Students interested in applying for Foundation Scholarships can do so by visiting http://www.tri-c.edu/payingforcollege/scholarships.

For more on Bush’s remarks on what happened behind-the-scenes as he learned about the unfolding events on 9/11, please read Brian Fuchik’s story at http://www.cccvoice.com/?p=2719

Amandya Wells and Brian Fuchik also contributed to this report.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.cccvoice.com/2014/09/11/president-bush-delights-sold-audience-new-scholarship-name/

Sep 11

President Bush Speaks About 9/11 in Cleveland 13 years later

Former U.S. President Bush and Tri-C President Alex Johnson interact in an informal dialogue about 9/11. Bush was the featured speaker at this year's Presidential Scholarship Luncheon held Sept. 11 at the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel.

Bush Recounts Details of Learning About Hijackings

By Brian Fuchik
Metro Staff Reporter

CLEVELAND — The horrific memory of September 11th 2001, is still fresh in the minds of Americans — especially in President George Bush’s mind as he recounted those personal moments at a Tri-C scholarship fundraiser.

After a moment of silence for the families and friends of the 9/11 hijacks, Bush told his version as president to more than 1,200 attendees at the 2014 Presidential Scholarship Luncheon in Cleveland on Sept. 11.

Bush said that when he was informed of the first plane crashing into the World Trade Center, he thought it was an aviation error. But, when the second plane hit he knew something was wrong.

Bush stayed in the classroom because he said he felt that he had to protect the little girl who was reading “The Pet Goat” to him at a Sarasota, Fla. School. He said it was that little girl, her community, and her nation that helped him remain calm and collected.

Upon leaving the classroom and after actually seen footage of the attack, he made the statement “I was hot. Who in the hell did it?”

When the third plane hit The Pentagon, Bush said that was a declaration of war.

“I became something I didn’t want to become, a war-time president,” Bush said.

Bush said he had to make a lot of tough decisions during this time, some which the public didn’t agree with.

But in the end, he was protecting all of us, he said.

Bush received a standing ovation after recounting the events in a question-and-answer session on stage with Tri-C President Alex Johnson.

Stay with The Voice for team coverage of President Bush’s visit to help fundraise money for student scholarships and veterens’ initiative especially at Tri-C.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.cccvoice.com/2014/09/11/president-bush-speaks-911-13-years-later-cleveland/

Sep 08

Welcome Back To School

Welcome back to school at Tri-C!

Permanent link to this article: http://www.cccvoice.com/2014/09/08/welcome-back-school/

Aug 15

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.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.cccvoice.com/2014/08/15/breaking-news-former-aramark-manager-charged-38000-theft/

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