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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sep 28

Connecting the Classrooms to Careers

By Tracy Hudson, Metro Campus Editor-in-Chief

The Career Center has rolled out a new workshop, Classroom to Career. The workshop focuses on what students need to do to be career-ready, based on what the National Association of Colleges and Employers says students need to do to be prepared for a successful transition into the workplace.

Classroom to Career teaches students the eight competencies employers are looking for:

Critical Thinking/Problem Solving: Actively and skillfully analyze issues and evaluate information to reach an answer or conclusion.

Oral/Written Communications:Articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms to people inside and outside of the organization.

Teamwork/Collaboration: Be a team player! This is essential to employers.

Digital Technology: Become proficient with existing digital technologies. Continue to improve technology skills, staying up-to-date with new and emerging technology.

Leadership: Develop a leadership skill set by working with Student Life.

Professionalism/Work Ethic: Show up every day and be enthusiastic about your job. Be a person of honesty and integrity.

Career Management: Know how to manage your career by understanding what’s next.

We might be focusing on graduation, but what’s going to come after that? Your career spans your whole life. Think about your whole self and how that relates to your career.

Global/Intercultural Fluency: Understand and take an approach to respecting others and their differences. Demonstrate an attitude of stability in the workplace, and be willing to learn from others’perspectives.

“There are a lot of things happening in the Career Center,” says Kate Vodicka, the Career Services Specialist at Metro Campus. “We are encouraging students to take advantage of the resources because it’s free. It’s going to help them stand apart when they are job searching.”

Vodicka continues,“Every step of the way there are things we can do things to help them, whether it’s thinking how to develop some basic skills or getting them employed after graduation.

”It’s never too early to begin working with the Career Center and get a resume together. They encourage first-year students to come in and complete the “My Plan.”

 Whether you transfer to a four-year school or go straight into the workforce after graduation, the Career Center has something for everybody. You may be able to find an internship or a co-op while you’re still at Tri-C that will help you later on.

“Take advantage of the resources!” says Vodicka. “Come in and talk with us. We’re happy to help.”

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Sep 28

Women’s Volleyball

By Fiona Hughes, West Campus Editor-in-Chief, and Tre’Vion Beverly, East Campus Staff Writer

It’s been a rough start for Cuyahoga Community College’s women’s volleyball team, with an overall standing of three wins to 11 losses, as of September 15. But it’s not all bad.

“Two of our girls have made the National Leader Board for the NJCAA [National Junior College Athletic Association], both freshmen–Sarah Leighliter for Kills per set and Kaye Paraon for Digs per set,” said Head Volleyball Coach Mary Colovas.

You go, girls!

Colovas said their biggest challenge this season is “living up to last year.” This is her ninth year coaching at Tri-C.

Diemond Harris, one of the players, said their biggest challenge is “playing as a team.”

Their next home game is Friday, October 13. Will they overcome their challenges this season and bring Tri-C a win, or will it just be a day of bad luck?

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Sep 28

A Free Meal is Closer Than You Think

By Dylan Doyle, East Campus Editor-in-Chief

A wider selection of goods than ever before is now accessible to students on Cuyahoga Community College’s East Campus. This is the result of an expansion of the partnership between the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and Tri-C.

Toiletries like paper towels, deodorant, and even laundry detergent are now accessible–free of charge–for any student in need at East.

A Food Bank or Food Pantry is available at every Tri-C campus, so all students have an opportunity to take advantage of the program. Once a week, enrolled students can present their Tri-C ID and choose between eight to 14 items (varying by campus), free of charge.

Students at West can also take advantage of the monthly Fresh Produce Day, where students get free fruits and veggies, taking place this month on Thursday, September 28.

According to East Campus’ Unit Operations Specialist, Mynetta Brower, one of the main advantages of the partnership between Tri-C and the Greater Cleveland Food Bank is the ability to stretch every dollar, providing much more food compared to buying from a grocery store.

Brower credited the origin of the program to Tri-C’s Student Government. “A couple students were saying they couldn’t study, they couldn’t focus, because they were hungry,” said Brower. “And some students who were homeless were asking if someone could help feed them.

That inspired the students to start a food bank. ”Rebecca Groth, Student Government President at East, is part of the effort to keep the Food Bank filled to the brim. Student Government plans the fundraising events to pay for the Food Bank, like the bake sale October 17 and 18 at East Campus that will invest directly back into the program.

“Everyone knows that students in college are going to be needing help with food. Regardless of where you’re at in life, it’s really helpful,” said Groth. “We’re here to help supplement students, whether they forgot a meal, they don’t have money for lunch that day, or they need some groceries for the week”

The Food Bank program may grow even more, with plans to expand the Greater Cleveland Food Bank partnership to Metro Campus once construction on the Campus Center is completed.

Anyone who wants to help the Food Bank program can donate non-perishable goods anytime. To find out more about this process or to take advantage of the program itself, contact theStudent Life Office on your campus.

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Sep 28

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Sep 28

Mind and the Music

Story  by Tracy Dawn, West Campus Associate Editor

Have you ever been in a bad mood, turned on your favorite music, and become instantly uplifted? This phenomenon is not uncommon. In fact, millions of people use music to alter their mood.

Music taps into the parts of our brains that deal with emotion and mood. The meter, pitch, timbre, and rhythm are all managed in the hippocampus, prefrontal cortex, and parietal lobe.

Because listening to music engages the whole brain, it stimulates cognitive performance. It’s no wonder Plato named music as one of four advanced subjects for general study! When you are feeling sad or anxious, try turning on some upbeat. music. It’s considered a natural antidepressant, giving the same type of euphoric high as medication, and it can make your blues fade away. Its soothing tunes release serotonin, a neurotransmitter that spreads a sense of well-being.

Music also flushes your system with another neurotransmitter: dopamine. “Dopamine helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers,” according to Psychology Today.

“It also helps regulate movement and emotional response, and it enables us not only to see rewards, but to take action to move toward them.”

A new study from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital reveals that even the anticipation of pleasurable music induces dopamine release, as is the case with food, drug, and sex cues.

This particular study measured dopamine release that increased heart rate, temperature, and breathing in response to music.“ These findings provide neurochemical evidence that intense emotional responses to music involve ancient reward circuitry in the brain,” said Robert Zatorre, a neuroscientist at the Neurological Institute.

When we listen to music we enjoy, we feel a sense of well-being, excitement, or happiness, and now there is scientific evidence about why that is. Music has many benefits: It reduces stress and can change negative perception. It has lasting effects even after listening to it by modifying brain waves.

Is it magic? No, it’s music!

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