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.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.cccvoice.com/2014/04/15/paws-check-vet-tech-year/

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/

Apr 07

Lights, Camera, Action!

By Bronson Peshlakai, contributing author

Tri-C Students to Interview Filmmakers at CIFF


For the second year in a row The Voice and Tri-C’s Media Arts and Studies (MARS) department are collaborating to offer the latest news and interviews with filmmakers at the 38th Cleveland International Film Festival.


Former Tri-C student Daniel Carberry interviewed by Voice reporter Lauren Mangan about his movie "The Sandbox," featured at 2013's CIFF.  (Photo by Bronson Peshlakai.)

Former Tri-C student Daniel Carberry interviewed by Voice reporter Lauren Mangan about his movie “The Sandbox,” featured at 2013′s CIFF. (Photo by Bronson Peshlakai.)

This unique partnership allows film and recording arts students an opportunity to utilize their training in a real-world environment, as well as The Voice newspaper’s reporters and students taking journalism and mass communication classes a chance to record interviews with moviemakers.


“This is a great opportunity for our students to interact with filmmakers who are showcasing their films at the festival,” said Jack Hagan, a JMC instructor at the Metro Campus, and senior advisor to The Voice.


Students are involved in recording interviews with filmmakers, editing the raw footage and writing up a summary that will go along with the finished interview posted on the Web.


Hagan said the experience is a great way to engage Tri-C students in a meaningful experience.


“They’ll have to prepare for the interviews – sometimes without much time – and work efficiently to edit and post the interviews in a timely manner,” Hagan said. “Nothing beats hands-on experiences like this to prepare students for real-world journalism.”


Former Tri-C student Sara Liptak was a reporter with The Voice and interviewed several movie directors and producers at last year’s festival.


“I never once thought I’d be sitting down with movie directors talking to them about their films,” Liptak said. “It was a great experience and I would love to do it again. Their stories and past experiences really put it into perspective on why they decided to take their films and share them at the CIFF.”


This collaboration builds a bridge between the festival and Tri-C, said Cigdem Slankard, MARS program director who has been the driving force behind the partnership since last year in its infancy.


“Each student who is studying to become a filmmaker at Tri-C is presented with an opportunity to talk to successful filmmakers from all over the world,” Slankard said. “They get to ask questions about each filmmaker’s education, experience and creative process. Students also become an important part of this wonderful festival and grow in many different ways.”

Slankard and her team are ramping up efforts once again to provide the stories behind CIFF on a new set at Tower City, and The Voice plans on helping out and provide additional content as well.


The Voice will feature some interviews and exclusive stories from CIFF at CCCVOICE.com, and the MARS site will host all its interviews at CCCMARS.wordpress.com.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.cccvoice.com/2014/04/07/lights-camera-action/

Apr 07

New club boosts academic success for its members

By Sharan Paul, Metro Staff Reporter

The Press Club is a newly formed student organization on the Metro Campus that is dedicated to students helping students succeed in college. Quentin Callans is a member who sees a long term future for the new club.

“We are looking for it to grow into something major … into something beyond Cuyahoga Community College … into something beyond our expectations,” Callans said.

Callans is a business major and will graduate in 2014. He is counting on what he learns from the group to add a “real world” experience to his education.

The club will feature outings to meet with successful business people in Cleveland. Their first trip will be to the home of the Millers, who own The Graffiti Hat Company. Club President Barbara Currie believes that hearing how the Millers achieved their success is a great motivator.

“If they can do it, we can do it,” Currie said. She hopes to build partnerships that will continue after graduation. Currie is attending Tri-C with an undeclared major, and already has a master’s degree in social administration from Case Western Reserve University.

Each member has a voice in The Press Club.

“Every decision we make is through a consensus of everybody’s decision,” said Dante Bruce, club vice president. Bruce said that this feature allows “unlimited activities and a possibility of growing.”

One such innovative decision was formulated to help each other through the challenging times, like midterms and final exams. The club has developed study groups that will allow members to meet with other members to prepare for exams, finish projects, or understand homework.

The Press Club is open to all students and there is no cost to join. They plan to be involved with the community surrounding Tri-C with clothing and food drives later this semester. Club members plan to sponsor several bake sales on campus to raise funds for their activities.

The club meets every Thursday, at 3:15 pm, in the Student Lounge.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.cccvoice.com/2014/04/07/press-club/

Apr 07

Metro Studio Theatre’s Home Run


Tri-C Theatre Department hits a home run with “The Catch”


By Marc Prince, Acting Editor in Chief

Modern day comedy makes its community college debut on the Metro stage.

Tri-C’s Metro Studio Theatre promises to kick the long-awaited spring season off with a swing & a crack! We’re talkin’ baseball, or in the case of the theatre department’s spring production, “The Catch”. Inspired by actual events, the play follows a story that represents the American dream…from very different, but interesting, viewpoints. Directed by Theater department Professor Frederick Perry, and written by playwright Ken Weitzman, this production marks the first comedic production that Metro has presented on stage. Prof. Perry holds this play close to his heart. I spoke with him in a rehearsal interview as he explained his process for selecting a great play to put on as well as what particularly attaches him to this work.

“I want our audience to go from one picture of intense awareness to the next”.

“I was first introduced to the play 3 years ago…it stayed with me”, Perry exclaimed as we spoke of how he sat through a table reading of the original play and was instantly impressed with the story in itself. He continues, “I think the play is about American optimism and fathers and sons.” In the thought provoking comedy, a young man, against all odds, devises a plan that will change his life and the lives of his loved ones. Contingent on the success of a flamboyant baseball superstar, the situations that come along in this two act play covers all the bases…pun intended. Primary to the authenticity of the elaborate characters the story introduces to are, of course, the actors that present the work to the stage.

The Catch  Only at Metro's Theatre

The Catch
Only at Metro’s Theatre

Ricky Rose, who is making his Tri-C stage debut, will be depicting a major hitter in the baseball dramedy. When asked if he could give only a few words to describe the depth of the story, he simply says, “Seinfeld depressed (lol).” Lou Papes, the cast patriarch, adds that the play brings to light how the younger generation looks at life in general. “…putting on my ‘Sid’ hat, I think some college students (would-be peers to the lead character) think that everything is gonna work out for them…no matter what.” The character connections made in the story can be easily reflected in our every day society. People are just trying to make it by any means they can. Doctor Perry agrees with the correlation of the characters and the audience mostly because of his use of pictorial imagery when directing. “I want our audience to go from one picture of intense awareness to the next, and so on…” he continues, “If the audience doesn’t get it, then the play is flat”.

The curtain goes up for “The Catch at Tri-C Metro’s Studio Theatre on Friday, March 28 at 7pm. and ran through Sunday, April 6. Tickets are $10 for non-students and $5 for all students with valid school ID. Please visit cccvoice.com for more information or call 216-987-4211 to make reservations. Come out to enjoy a thought-provoking comedy that is all but sure to delight…and if you’re lucky, you may even get a quick glimpse of a certain handsome Voice staff member stealing a scene or two. See you at the theatre!

Permanent link to this article: http://www.cccvoice.com/2014/04/07/metro-studio-theatres-home-run/

Apr 07

Social Science speakers coming to Tri-C

By Mackenzie Saunders, West staff reporter

More speakers in the Carol S. Franklin Social Science Speaker series coming to the Western Campus

Dr. Mary Childers, PhD, presenting at the Western campus of Tri-C. (photo by Jeremy Hopkins)

Dr. Mary Childers, PhD, presenting at the Western campus of Tri-C.
(photo by Jeremy Hopkins)

Carol S. Franklin’s Social Science speaker, Mary Childers, is not your typical Ph.D. Childers grew up on welfare in the Bronx, raised by her alcoholic, single mother alongside her six other brothers and sisters. She wrote, “Welfare Brat- a Memoir”, where she gives a deeply moving and highly personal account of overcoming her troubled beginnings. In her book, she recounts how she maintained honor roll in school while her other siblings dropped out. She went on to attain her Ph.D. in English Literature from the State University of New York in Buffalo and is now an accomplished author, educator, and consultant currently working at Dartmouth College. Childers spoke at the Tri-C Western Campus Theatre on Tuesday, March 25 at noon.

Another speaker, Jud Newborn, Ph.D., will offer his words to the Western Campus, appearing in the Campus Theatre at noon, April 17. Newborn is most famously known for penning the book entitled, “Sophie Scholl and the White Rose”, and is also an expert on extremism and the Holocaust. The White Rose was an anti-Nazi movement based in Munich that was made of young students, like Sophie Scholl and her brother Hans. The Scholls, along with other members of the White Rose, distributed pamphlets to ‘lift the veil’ of Nazi propaganda. At the University of Munich, in February of 1943, Hans and Sophie were caught. Days later they were executed, and almost all the other key member of the White Rose were eventually found and killed as well. Newborn’s book is a narrative account that has received such reviews as reading ‘like a suspense novel.’

The History Club at West is planning to show the movie ‘White Rose’ the same week as Newborn’s talk. Students can further their understanding of the topic while chowing down on some popcorn and those who attend will have a chance to win Newborn’s book in a raffle. If interested contact Kelcey Lambert, History Club President, at Kelcey.Lambert001@tri-c.edu. Or ‘Like!’ Tri-C’s History Club, on Facebook.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.cccvoice.com/2014/04/07/social-science-speakers-coming-tri-c/

Apr 07

Campus Survey: Dating


By Juan Caminero, Metro staff reporter


With the advent of social networking, it seems as though the traditional date has become obsolete. This has been the topic of many opinion articles in national news and popular magazine who claim that the “dinner and a movie” routine, as portrayed in Hollywood, simply doesn’t happen anymore (at least not as frequently). We wanted to get an idea of our fellow student’s views on dating, so we took a quantitative survey of 100 students entering and exiting the TLC building at the Metro Campus.

The results are telling.  Chime in with your thoughts at cccvoiceoh@gmail.com

The results are telling. Chime in with your thoughts at cccvoiceoh@gmail.com

After confirming the person was a Tri-C student, we asked him or her if going on dates was “dead,” or in other words a thing of the past for this generation. Our findings, showcased in a chart, revealed that more than half of the students surveyed agreed that dating has lost its relevance. A smaller portion disagreed, defending the tradition or were simply not entirely sure what the trends are among college students.

Upon receiving these numbers we randomly selected a few students to give their input on why the data turned out the way it did. Is dating too formal for today’s lovers who might prefer the term hooking up and hanging out? Perhaps these numbers have been affected by new methods of getting to know a romantic interest such as dating websites, social networks, and even text messaging.

Here’s what you thought

In this generation, guys don’t really ask you to go on dates. If they do, they dress it up and just call it hanging out. I like the idea of the whole thing but I think a date puts more pressure on the two of you to look for sparks and makes it harder to get to know each other as friends first.” – Bre, Female, 23

“I don’t think dates are played out, I think we just live in a fast time period and that’s a little more of an old school thing. I think going to movies and things like that are happening but nobody is really calling it a date.” – Mikel, Male, 18

Have an opinion? Share it with The Voice! Email at CCCVOICEOH@gmail.com

Permanent link to this article: http://www.cccvoice.com/2014/04/07/campus-survey-dating/

Apr 03

Same seal of success for educators, different pay benefits

Is your professor worth the bang for your buck?

By Sharan Paul, Metro Staff Reporter

College students learn just as much, if not more, from adjunct professors. In addition to the education required to be a college-level professor, adjunct, or part-time professors bring real life work experience to the classroom. But what does that mean to the students that are paying high tuition to earn degrees needed for success after college?

Tri-C adjunct professor Fitzroy Dasilva teaches an Intro to Business class at the Hospitality Management Center at Tower City downtown Cleveland in February 2012.  Photo by Bronson Peshlakai

Tri-C adjunct professor Fitzroy Dasilva teaches an Intro to Business class at the Hospitality Management Center at Tower City downtown Cleveland in February 2012.
Photo by Bronson Peshlakai

Movements have sprung up across the nation to champion the cause of adjunct professors. One of the most vocal is the New Faculty Majority which lobbies for equal pay scales, access to professional development, office space, staff support, and instructional resources.
This year has been designated by the NFM as “The Year of the Student” and they are actively seeking student support for their organization. In an article from Inside Higher Education, NFM president and adjunct professor at the Tri-C Western Campus, Maria Maisto said, “We know when students get involved, administrations listen.” How the NFM planned to leverage the student support and the extent of student involvement were not made clear in this article. The Voice reached out to Maisto for comment on her article but its inquiries were not answered.

“As professionals, Tri-C expects a level of excellence from every instructor who is employed here, whether full-time or adjunct.”

Tri-C currently employs approximately 530 adjunct professors, according to the Tri-C adjunct office. It is not uncommon for a student to have adjunct professors for every class during a single semester. Andrew Workman, a human services major, will graduate in 2015, and has had both adjunct and tenured professors.

“I don’t see a difference in teaching methods or curriculum,” Workman said. He believes he is getting a top-notch education at Tri-C and that it is worth the cost.

The American Association of University Professors is an organization of professional educators and academics, whose membership is composed of about 47,000 full-time, tenured, and retired college professors. The local chapter is led by President Robert Jaskulski, who teaches history at the Western Campus.

When asked if he thought adjunct professors affect the quality of education for students at Tri-C, he replied, “As professionals, Tri-C expects a level of excellence from every instructor who is employed here, whether full-time or adjunct.”

Jaskulski explained that Tri-C will soon be introducing a procedure to help students voice their opinions on all professors.

Robert Jaskulksi

Robert Jaskulksi

“The college will soon be rolling out a new faculty evaluation procedure which will provide students the opportunity to provide feedback on every instructor, every course, every term – this includes adjuncts as well as full-time instructors,” he said.

The new evaluation process will allow every student to provide feedback to the administrators.

The adjunct professor vs. tenured professor issue is an ongoing problem. The disparities are obvious, and there seems to be a definite need for reform in the adjunct system to equalize the fringe benefits of teaching at Tri-C.

However, the fact remains that for most students, the quality of education is not affected by the employment status of the professor.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.cccvoice.com/2014/04/03/adjunct-professors/

Apr 03

Students use e-cars for a greener future

A re-visit to the Electric Car debate

By Natalie Gasper, West staff reporter

With spring break just a few weeks ago, students all over campus are starting to buzz with excitement. After a tough winter, who isn’t ready for a little warm and sunshine? Spring is much more than just nicer weather, though; it’s also the time of year when people began thinking about ways to help the environment again.
In recent years technology has made some pretty incredible advances. One of these, electric cars, has yet to be given the attention they deserve. It’s no secret that cars burn fossil fuel which then releases pollution into the air in the form of carbon dioxide, hydrocarbons (carcinogens, nitrate oxide, sulfur oxide, etc.), and particulate matter. In short, driving cars isn’t doing the environment or our lungs any good.

Many people throw out electric as an option because of this, but many of these people don’t consider their gas savings

Electric cars are a great solution to this because they run entirely on electricity. But when only gas stations can be found on every major intersection, it’s no wonder more people aren’t rushing out to buy them. This won’t be true for much longer.
Tri-C’s Automotive Technology Program (AutoTech), is ahead of the game because they already have a recharging station for electric cars at the Western Campus. Tesla, a big name in the car industry, is currently building dozens of charging stations, in the US and in Europe.
Their superchargers are able to charge a car battery to 50% in as little as 20 minutes, and can provide a 90% charge in just over an hour. With 75 stations currently in the US, it is possible to travel from coast to coast. By 2015, they will have stations all over the US, making it more convenient for everyone to drive an electric car.
Within the next 2-3 years, more and more companies will provide charging services or docks, and many will be powered fully or partly by solar panels. Which means the only real barrier between electric cars gaining popularity is price. The average price for one is about $28,000, although the price may vary up or down depending on the company and the model. Many people throw out electric as an option because of this, but many of these people don’t consider their gas savings (about $2000 a year).

All things considered, driving an electric car might come out a bit more expensive, but the benefit it provides to the environment is without measure.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.cccvoice.com/2014/04/03/students-use-e-cars-greener-future/

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