SEPTEMBER 29, 2014 • ISSUE NO. 1, VOL 17
MAKE COLLEGE EASIER,
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE LIBRARY
By Francesca Demming
School has started, homework is piling up and students are scrambling to prepare for tests and quizzes. Many students need help with research but don’t know where to go. Well the library at the Eastern Campus is a great place to go for help with assignments and research.
John Bland, a student majoring in sociology at Tri-C frequently uses the library.
“The librarians help me with research and citing,” he said. “The help is very good; they have periodicals and books, so it’s not like you’re getting something off of Google.”
The library is located on the third floor in the Student Services building and is open Monday through Saturday. English and math tutors are available to students on a walk-in basis, so if you need help editing a paper, just stop in. Some services at the library would include help with citing, finding research articles and workshops on plagiarism.
John Rasel, who works as a reference librarian at Tri-C, enjoys helping students with their assignments.
“In one week we answered 83 reference questions. Per month I’d say we help around three to four hundred people.”
Anna Lauer, a public services librarian, wants students to know there’s more to the library than just dusty publications.
“We have a fantastic popular collection for enjoyment, and a great video collection as well, it’s not all about textbooks,” Lauer said.
The librarians’ biggest piece of advice is to not be afraid to ask for help and they encourage students to take advantage of the resources that are provided through the library. Also, by developing a relationship with the library, you can learn life-long skills and it can make writing so much easier.
“I hope what most people take away is that you don’t have to be hesitant to ask us for help, that’s what we’re here for,” Rasel said. “We can make the paper writing process a lot easier. There have been a lot of people that come in really nervous about an assignment they have and twenty minutes later they walk away relieved and happy.”
So go to the library and get help with your research and assignments; it will make an enormous difference in your grades and homework. For more information, visit the library’s website at www.tri-c.edu/library.
Vegetarians are destroying the Ecosystem
By Cody Martin Grampp
Everything written is false until proven truthful.
Scientists may have found yet another reason why global warming is happening. The unlikely group that is solely to blame for global warming is vegetarians. The eco-minded person destroys precious oxygen and plants. It is no secret that vegetarians eat nothing but plants. Plants go through a process called photosynthesis, which produces oxygen. With de-forestation increasing every year and vegetarians only consuming plants, the amount of oxygen being produced is not a whole lot. With the lack of oxygen, we’re going to need breathing tubes like Hazel from “The Fault in our Stars.” The average human needs 7 to 8 liters of oxygen per minute while the average vegetarian uses 13 to 14 liters of oxygen. Approximately three of those extra liters are used to describe why being a vegetarian makes you a better person than everyone else, 2 liters are used to call people who eat meat murderers and the last liter is used to blow on vegetables when they’re too hot. We asked Dr. Love to see if this information is real. Even though Dr. Love is an adult film actor, he is a doctor nonetheless. “Well, honestly,” Dr. Love said, “it does make sense, since vegetarians are so concerned with saving animals, the best way for them to do that is to eat dirt. When they eat only plants they destroy too much, so dirt and rocks are the safest alternative.”
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By Sharon D. Clark
[su_row][su_column size=”1/3″]College tuition continues to increase and one critical component that is associated with this increase is the cost of textbooks. Students nation-wide often battle with the decision to purchase textbooks in campus bookstores or use alternative avenues, such as: campus libraries, secondary online and used-book retailers. According to the proposed State Senate Bill S1704 IS, 113TH Congress, November 14, 2013, in one finding it reports that high textbook cost is a barrier for college students achieving higher education. Textbook editions are rapidly becoming obsolete for certain courses; That is, textbooks that are purchased during one semester, can be rendered worthless the next semester just because a minor change has been added. Another issue is the option to sellback if the student decides not to keep the purchased textbook. Students are aware that learning materials are an essential part of investing in their future, but in the same light the textbook publishers and retailers should have more consideration for the student and making their investment affordable across the board. Erica Maines, a Pre-Pharmacy student at the Eastern Campus says, “If I were to purchase all of my books used, it would be $1,056.25; purchasing from http://www.hpb.com (halfpricebooks.com) only cost $420.72, with a savings of $600.00.” Textbook purchasing alternatives is a growing movement and is causing many campus bookstore retailers to be on edge. The Voice Newspaper reporters, on Eastern Campus sought out students to gain insight on their thoughts regarding this issue. Martin Hughley from Tri-C East replied: “I personally chose purchasing my books online versus buying them from Barnes and Noble. The savings were better and this helped me to have more money for personal expenses.” [/su_column] [su_column size=”1/3″]Tri-C’s Editor-in-Chief/Eastern Campus, Marcia Leftridge supplied us with a sample of textbook compared prices from on-line source and Tri-C’s Eastern Campus Barnes and Noble. The savings are incredible! Cuyahoga Community College offer students who receive financial aid with the BK Credit Line on their My-Tri-C Card, where students use the ‘book authorization’ amount allotted to purchase textbooks through Barnes and Noble with the no-worry option it brings. We found students who claimed this option to be more efficient for them overall. Sheree Belcher said; “I purchased all my textbooks from the bookstore with my BK credit line. It was faster, easier and the cost didn’t matter.” Many questions are being posed to Tri-C’s Barnes and Noble Bookstore and faculty/administration contributing to the course content: Why are the prices inflated? Who sets the pricing? Will more textbooks be offered in the library? Why isn’t pricing equal in-store and on-line college-wide? Barnes and Noble College graciously responded with: “Our prices are competitive with other retailers that offer merchandise of similar quality and value. All Tri-C Bookstores offer a wide variety of textbook options including rental (new and used) digital dedicated to suit the students learning style and budget. Prices of textbook is set by the publisher… All pricing should be the same college-wide.” [/su_column] [su_column size=”1/3″]“Offering affordable textbooks is top Priority for Tri-C’s Bookstores. Last year Western Campus students saved $657,300.00; Eastern Campus saved almost $374,995.00: Metro saved $424,313.00; and Westshore saved $21,322.00. In addition to offering savings, we offer a variety of programs to help the student succeed. There is no glitch in the Cuyahoga Community College Bookstore website. Students can request which bookstore their books are to be delivered to for fast and easy pick-up at the time of purchase.” Student’s college-wide may disagree with the terms and policies quoted from B&N College. Nevertheless, the student has the option of the best-suited choice for their need. In conclusion, although the Affordable College Textbook Act is not a law; this is a sign that legislators are taking an interest to help ease the financial burden associated with higher education. Just as legislators are taking interest in this situation, the powers-that-be who determine course curriculum should also take interest and re-visit more ways to assist college students in this situation. Textbook Affordability matters!
Foundation Endowment Grows, as Does Prestige of Speaker
By Marcia Lefridge
The Cuyahoga Community College Foundation was incorporated in August 1973 as a tax-exempt, non-profit for the purpose of collecting donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations to be distributed as scholarships and the needs of the college.
The foundation raises funds to assist Tri-C’s 60,000 students through a variety of scholarships in many areas of study.
Gloria J. Moosmann, vice president of Development & Tri-C Foundation, explained how the foundation select its yearly speaker.
“We try to secure a speaker who has passion for education and community college and who will be our advocate for the future,” she said. “However, it was not until the year 2000 did the Foundation begin to focus strategically on a more aggressive fund and friend raising. Since that time, our Foundation endowment has grown from $4.6 million to $43 million today.”