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Back in Cleveland Arts & Entertainment | By Zak Chedid

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leveland had the pleasure of hosting one of its most well-known hip-hop groups, “Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.” Bone Thugs-N-Harmony has been in the rap industry for more than a decade making music with legends such as 2pac and the Notorious Big. Bone, as known by many of their fans, performed at The House of Blues for the second time despite their previous run-in with sheriff ’s deputies in March, 2010. Back then, deputies arrested Stanley Howse, aka Flesh-N-Bone, an artist with the group, during his performance. Authorities detained Flesh-N-Bone on a previous warrant from a 1998 incident. Deputies arrested Howse on stage in front of many of his devoted Cleveland fans. Tuesday, October 5, the group returned to the same venue, performing at the House of Blues for their 2010-2011 tour. I had the honor of interviewing Flesh and the group with the help of international underground hip-hop artist, Mopacino. Mopacino and I ventured with the group after their

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breath-taking performance to the hotel where Bone was staying. We wanted to get a better understanding of how they feel about the arrest. Flesh said: “I wish the police would have just gave me a message or called me up. I am sure they could have got a hold of me to try to get the situation rectified…I was on parole and they could have just called my parole officer.” “They did not just arrest me and humiliate me in front of my fans,” Flesh continued. “It was also in front of my parents, kids, and nieces.” It was a sold-out show, but to law enforcement a warrant is a warrant. Many of Bone's fans were disappointed in March, but they remained faithful to the group. We also asked Flesh about the controversy about the group being back together with their fellow rapper Bizzy Bone. Bizzy Bone left the group to continue his own musical journey. “Bizzy will always be a part of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony,” Flesh said, “no matter what the problem is.” Flesh tells us he is a Sunni

Muslim and looks to God for all his answers. Flesh-N-Bone stays dedicated to his city of Cleveland and will be on tour all over the country during the 2010-2011 year. He has a new album coming out with Krazy Bone called “Krazy by the Flesh” dropping some time next year. Tri-C has a connection to the group as a member of the Mo Thugs Family, “Bruce Bruce,” attends metro campus. He is a very good friend to the group and continues to work with them on local projects helping the community. You can see “Bruce Bruce” walking around with his silver cart on the metro campus. Be sure to ask him any questions you have about the group. He will happy to share some information. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony wish to return to Cleveland soon for more events and activities. Let’shope they do not get interrupted and are able to give a spectacular performance asexpected from an original, legendary group from here at home. Student Zak Chedid is a local promoter and rapper.  To see a video of this interview, go to www.voiceccc.com.

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Tri-C and the Music Industry Arts & Entertainment | By Antwain A. Thomas

For those who attend Cuyahoga Community College, Metropolitan campus specifically, much of your days are most likely dedicated to going to class, attending an event sponsored by the college or a student club, maybe sitting in the court yard to enjoy the day, or just hanging out with friends after a long day of class. You may even be aware of the various events that are hosted by Tri-C, whether here on campus, or out in town. What you may not be aware of, however, is how much the Metro campus is involved with the music industry. Local musicians and artists are right in our own backyard. Cuyahoga Community College is home to Crooked River Groove Records, or CRG for short. CRG is a record label, owned by the college, under the direction of the Record-

ing Arts & Technology (RAT) department. The label has state-ofthe-art recording facilities, run by industry professionals, faculty and students in the RAT program, and local celebrities such as the oneand-only “Phatty Banks.” Banks is a professor and an industry producer who contributes his talents as a music professional right here on campus. CRG is probably one of the best-kept secrets on campus - - until now. CRG, in its third year of operation, is a fully-functional recording studio headquartered out of the brand new Center for Creative Arts (CCA) building. The label currently represents more than 30 artists, who are students right here on campus. The label supports all genres, and artists that come from outside of Tri-C. The current CRG lineup

includes: the Dave Sterner Quartet (Jazz), Espirit (Celtic/World), Maria Jacobs (Vocal Jazz), Jim Schaeffer (Folk Rock), Illinois Nationals (Americana) Smokin’ Fez Monkeys (Ragtime), Arcana (Metal Rock) and Shakka Hasberry (Soul Funk). These artists will be appearing on the Crooked River Groove TV show, which will air right here on the Metropolitan campus from October 26th through October 29th. The CRG TV show will highlight musical talent from around the city, providing a glimpse of what CRG is all about. For those who are interested in learning more about CRG, volunteering for events, or if you would like to be considered as a new artist, please contact David Kennedy at (216) 987-3277. To hear CRG artist recordings, go to www.voiceccc.com.

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Ralanda Ellis-Hill Director of Student Support

Student Support Services One Stop Shopping Local | Story & Photo By Sanyika Patterson Now that you are in school, wouldn’t it be nice to know how long you will be here? What classes you need to take? Wouldn’t it be great to have tutors that are set aside just for you? Wouldn’t it be great if you got a chance to brush up on your math or English skills by taking a practice course for free before your class starts? Well, you can. That is what Student Support Services does. Student Support Services is a federally-funded program headed by Dr. Ralanda Ellis-Hill. The program is here to help make sure you graduate on time. If you scored low on the assessment test in any area, if you are the first in your family to go to college, if you come from a low-income household, then you are eligible for all of this free assistance. And if you take advantage and stay active, you are guaranteed to graduate. That is what you came here for, isn’t it? This program has a family atmosphere. The staff is like a supportive circle of protection in order to help you not only navigate your college experience, but excel.

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They have pre-semester prep where you can learn the basics of a course before the semester starts. This gives you a great advantage. They have supplemental instruction that goes along with your class. This allows you to reinforce what you have learned in math or English by doing tutoring along with your syllabus. They have tutors and peer tutors available. Student Support Services also does field trips like college visits. They also have workshops that are available for their members. They help you with your financial aid and they email you with upcoming scholarships and deadlines. They monitor your grades and watch for areas in which you may be struggling so that they can help you find tutors and the help you need before it is too late. They have advisors who sit down with you and help you fill out your financial aid forms. They tell you every class you must take to get your diploma, and then in what order and which semester to take them. All the way to graduation.

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TRI-C STUDENTS GET DOWN TO BUSINESS, ROLL UP THEIR SLEEVES AND FEED A NEIGHBORHOOD Local | By Laura Varcho

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he Central Community Co-op is a studentowned and operated business whose goal is to offer fresh produce and groceries at low prices along with free classes about nutrition, exercise and fitness, and shopping for and preparing healthy meals. The Central Community Co-op also offers a variety of giveaways that can help members achieve their fitness goals. The Central Community Coop was the project of a Special Topics Class here at Tri-C Metro, taught by Professor Andrew Bajda. The topic of the class was “Sustainable Businesses”. The students performed a study to see what type of business would benefit the Central neighborhood, where Metro campus is located, and found the community needed access to fresh fruits and vegetables at affordable prices. Student Arlin Wallace, one of the developers of the Co-op and now its Operations Director, explained, “The Co-op is sustainable in many ways: it sustains the community, it is

sustained by the community and it is sustained because of the community.” Co-op Director Don Gaddis put it another way: “Many businesses come into our community and take our money out. The Co-op keeps our money in the community and helps it grow. We are working hard to educate our residents about healthy eating, exercise and nutrition.” “Co-op members not only learn how to live healthier lives,” Gaddis continued, “they also take part in the decisions the Co-op makes about what to sell and what programs to develop and offer to our members and our community.” Gaddis wanted to get the word out about the benefits of becoming a member. He said: “Joining the Co-op is a great way to give back to your community. By volunteering to work for the Co-op, members gain hands-on business and leadership skills, and at the same time get fresh produce and other groceries at low prices. Because we don’t

Joining the Co-op is a great way to give back to your community.

add a retail markup, our prices are generally about 20 percent lower than most grocery stores in our area.” Said Wallace: “Volunteerism is an integral part of this enterprise. Volunteers are what keep our costs down, and we pass that savings on to our members.” The Co-op is just getting started and has lots of plans for new programs, including more locations and having delivery of members’ orders to Tri-C Metro Campus. To join, or to get more information on the Central Community Co-op, visit the Co-op offices at Tri-C Metro Campus Thrive Office, MBA 228. Call 216.987.3628, email info@centralcommunitycoop.org, or visit www. centralcommunityco-op.org.

Why Do We Watch Scary Movies Arts & Entertainment | By Portia Booker It’s that time of year again. The time when America’s top, horror-film directors have a treat for us. A treat for those of us who find pleasure in watching films filled with insane killers, wellbuilt traps that take strategy to get out and you can’t forget, and gruesome murders. Why do we find pleasure in watching these horror movies? Why do we get a kick out of people dying by the hands of a psychopath? Suppose we were put in a situation where we were chased by a psychopath, what would we do? When we hear of a serial killer on the loose, we want to lock our doors and pray the authorities get him. But weren’t we just laughing and watching a few people get murdered by a psychopath in a movie? Tri-C student Zachery Sansom, 18, likes to watch horror films. “They give me a thrill,” he said. “They get my attention and

have lots of suspense.” The movie “Carrie” is his favorite horror film because it takes a real-life situation and mixes in the paranormal. Still, Sansom said, horror films do not really scare him. I read an article by Stephen King called “Why We Crave Horror Movies.” King said: “When we pay our four or five bucks and seat ourselves at a tenth-row center in a theater showing a horror movie, we are daring a nightmare. Why? Some of the reasons are simple and obvious. To show that we can, that we are not afraid, that we can ride this roller coaster.” Stephen King is trying to say we are not really afraid; our fear is almost like a fairy tale. Some try to conquer their fear by facing it. But another point King made was connecting horror films to public lynching. He noted that during the horrible time in America’s history when people

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were lynched, others gathered to watch. Many shouted various things and raised their fists. Sound familiar? We sit back and watch the killer approach the innocent victim in a horror film. Some of us are either hiding our faces behind our eyes or eager to laugh hysterically. King said horror films bring out “the potential lyncher” in all of us. Within us, we have this twisted image that only comes around if something provokes it. For example, a girlfriend or boyfriend cheats on you, instantly you are thinking of a way to get back at them. Most horror film ideas come from this side of us. We all have an alter ego of some kind and that can be okay. But ask yourself, as you watch your next horror film, “Why am I watching this?” We all know these movies are fiction, but let’s think: “What if this actually happened to someone?”

Arts & Entertainment | By Jonathan Ortiz The summer season has passed us and we have seen such big blockbusters: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Iron Man 2, Salt and Toy Story 3. But now we are gearing up for the fall, and one movie is already generating buzz. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the last installment in the Harry Potter series. Some are calling it, “A long goodbye.” The story follows Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends, Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson), on a perilous and dangerous journey across Britain in search of Lord Voldemort’s secret weapons:

Deathly Hallows is a darker story than the previous installments. Even the filmmakers cut some scenes from the film because they were too gory. And due to such a heavy plot and the length of the book, producer David Heyman and Warner Bros. decided to split the book into two films. “It will allow an extra hour and a half to celebrate what this franchise has been and do justice to all the words and ideas in the amazing story,” said Warner Bros. executive Alan F. Horn. The idea of splitting the book came from a previous

It will…celebrate what this franchise has been and do justice to all the words and ideas in the amazing story.

- Warner Brothers Executive, Alan F. Horn Horcruxes. What is a Horcrux? A Horcrux is basically an ordinary object (a necklace, a football, a trophy, but once a person has grown attached to the object, part of the soul is taken from the body and laid inside that precious object so that the person can become immortal. But to do such a thing, one must commit murder. The Chosen One (Harry) must travel through a world that has greatly changed and destroy Voldemort’s Horcruxes so that he can be mortal and end his reign once and for all. Harry’s Wizarding World has fallen into open war, Voldemort has taken control of the Ministry of Magic, and Muggle-borns are being rounded up and registered. Many fans--me included--have been wondering how far the filmmakers will take this film.

decision to split Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. But the decision to split Deathly Hallows was finalized because the writer of the film, Steve Kloves, was writing half of the script when the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike began. Kloves had to stop and as the strike ended, Kloves was able to continue writing the film and the author of the book, J. K. Rowling, gave her approval of the split. Both parts of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be released in 2D and 3D formats. The film is also the only installment in the Harry Potter series to be converted entirely in 3D and will be released in IMAX 3D. Part I of the film will be released on November 19; Part II has a potential release of July 15, 2011.

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Real-Life Educational Opportunities Abound at Tri-C Jason Brill | Editor-in-Chief

I’ve wanted to be a journalist for about five weeks. Four weeks ago I started working (volunteering) at this very publication. It was a chance for me to write and gain experience in a field where experience is invaluable. Getting hands-on with what you want to do for a living is a chance that should not be passed up. Over the next several issues Voice East will showcase the opportunities available to Tri-C students to gain experience in their chosen fields.

Fielding Career Choices It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a MedEvac helicopter?! Jason Brill | Editor-in-Chief

I had the chance recently to attend an Indians game. And when I say attend, I mean sit in the press box at Progressive Field! Sports-writing professor Richard Exner took me and two other students to witness a game from this vaunted vantage point. Just getting my press credentials was exciting. Once we arrived in the press box it was interestingly quiet; library quiet. After a few minutes of sitting down and taking in the vastness this view provides, my professor brought Dennis Manoloff over to meet us. Manoloff is an occasional Indians beat writer for the Plain Dealer; he also writes about the Browns and Cavs for the PD. He gave us an interesting rundown of what a game day is like for a beat writer. Baseball is the toughest beat in sports journalism; a 162-game schedule, not including playoffs if the team you cover makes it, and a monthand-a-half of spring training. We also met the Indians VP of Public Relations, Bob DiBiasio. The one thing he said that stuck with me was that some people work to live, while others live to work; sportswriters and individuals in public relations

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are the latter. While a career in sports writing sounds interesting, an interest that has expanded exponentially thanks to this experience, I do not yet know if it is the career I’ll go into once I complete my degree in journalism. All of this became possible through my position on the staff of the Voice. The scant few weeks I’ve spent writing, proofreading and just participating in the creation of the newspaper have altered my career path. I have found something I enjoy and that I am good at. I know now that I want to be a writer for some form of publication, be it newspaper, magazine or online. The experience was invaluable.

The Return of Multi-Cultural Club Rashe’d Whatley| Staff Reporter The Multi-Cultural Club is back at Tri-C’s Eastern Campus after a threeyear absence. Back in 2007, the club was very active until the advisor left, and no one took her place, but it has been re-chartered due to the work of many motivated people. The purpose of the Multi-Cultural Club is to create a casual and friendly environment for international and American students, similar to the Conversations Connections program in past years but much larger. There are many students at Tri-C East from all over the world including Eastern Europe, The Middle East, Eastern Asia and Spanishspeaking countries, but there aren’t many

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opportunities for the exchange of cultural beliefs and practices. There is a very active International Club at Western Campus, and there should be one at Eastern. There could be some collaboration between East and West if enough students at East become involved. One goal of the Multi-Cultural Club is to host events about culture on campus. There are also plans for offcampus activities related to the subject of multiculturalism. The first meeting was Oct. 13, and 23 people attended. The majority of the attendees were international students;

On a thankfully sunny Thursday morning, Oct. 7, some students’ futures finally landed at Tri-C’s Eastern campus. The event was originally scheduled for Sep. 28 but due to inclement weather was postponed. Landing inside the oval of the Eastern campus’ track, an emergency medical tech bird touched down. The Medical Flight Staff gave a tour of the helicopter and explained their jobs to Tri-C EMT students as well as some local high school students. Christina Dowell, a flight nurse for four years, was an excellent source for the students to hear from, fielding questions from several of the participants. She stressed the fact that even when practicing on the flight simulator, in the event of an emergency, you really have to be prepared and focused. She expressed with a warm smile on her face that “I love my job.” Mike Boland has seen nine years of action as a flight paramedic nurse. “We have to meet our protocol and respond immediately to emergencies,” he said. “There’s always the ‘what if ’ factor, and you have to think ahead of time.” Boland deals with more than 1,000 patients a year, mostly pediatric cases. In addition to practice simulations, he the club is looking for more American students to reach its goal. Any students who would like to attend meetings may come to Room 157B in the EEC Building on Wednesdays, beginning at 1 p.m. Most meetings will be for an hour unless people wish to stay longer. For more information, contact the Student Life Office.

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emphasized that teamwork and the ability to communicate effectively are critical skills. MedEvac covers areas outside Interstate 271, with some exceptions for larger emergencies. Student Derrick Benner is in the EMT program at Tri-C and thought the hands-on experience was exciting. After the simulation, the paramedics talked to the students on a more individual basis and showed them the bird’s inner workings. It was just another of the many reallife learning experiences available to all Tri-C students. Be ready for the mission. Staff Reporter Rashe’d Whatley contributed to this story.

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Ever wanted to go to a fancyshmancy art show opening? Well, what if I told you there was one at your school? The latest exhibition at our very own Gallery East will have an opening reception on Oct. 26; it will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Titled Temporal Circumstance, the show features the work of local artists Todd Leech, a sculptor, and Jeff Yost, a painter. Leech’s sculptural work is comprised of ceramics and multimedia installations, while Yost’s paintings are primarily of landscapes and other outdoor scenes. The show will continue until Nov. 18. Gallery East is open Monday – Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. It is located off the main lobby in the EEC Building.

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Fall Concert Preview Sarah Lawrence |  Editor-in-Chief

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Summer is officially over and we are slowly creeping closer to the winter holidays. A great way to enjoy this season is with the fall concert series. This season you can look forward to small intimate shows at The Grog Shop or to a larger capacity show at the Cleveland House of Blues. Either way, the choices are endless. October kicks off the pop-punk concert season with the “My Small Package Tour” on the 25th. The tour includes Baltimore natives All Time Low and Boston natives A Rocket To The Moon. Both bands have played past Warped Tour concert series and have kept busy all summer. A Rocket To The Moon just recently released “The Rainy Day Sessions” EP on Fueled By Ramen; All Time Low is set to release their fourth full-length album on their new label, Interscope Records in 2011, and just finished up a European summer tour. The tour is scheduled to stop at The Grog Shop in Coventry on Monday, October 25th. This show is completely sold out. Also in October, the Cleveland House of Blues is showing “The Fearless Friends Tour”. All of the bands on this

tour are part of the Fearless record label. Every Avenue and Mayday Parade are set to headline the tour. This past summer Mayday Parade took part in Warped Tour. Every Avenue played their first headling tour, which stopped at Peabody’s Concert Hall in July. Other bands on the tour include Artist. Vs. Poet, Breathe Carolina, Go Radio and The Victorious Secrets. The tour Stops at the House of Blues on Friday, October 29th. Tickets are $24.00 in advance, or you can purchase a 4-Pack of tickets for $18.60 a ticket. In November you can revisit The Grog to see the talent of all the bands on “The Travelin’ Show”. The Arizona based band The Summer Set will embark on their first full-length tour, playing their new album “Love Like This” in its entirety. Previously the band has played The Alternative Press Tour and Warped Tour. Other bands at the show include:

Austin Gibbs, Stereo Skyline, and Mod Sun. The tour will stop in Coventry at The Grog Shop on Sunday, November 7th. Tickets are $13.85 in advance. Finally, right before the Thanksgiving holiday, you can see The Maine and Never Shout Never Co-Headline “The Harmony Tour”. Both bands were busy with summer tours. The Maine finished up their headling tour, and Never Shout Never played all of Warped Tour. This event is scheduled to stop at the Cleveland House of Blues on Tuesday, November 23rd. Tickets are $18.50 in advance.

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Brenden Peppo | Staff Reporter

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Many voters are probably wondering why they should vote this election. They may feel either confident or that it is pointless to vote, depending on their party leanings. Some may be apathetic or simply have not been following the elections very closely. After all, it is typically viewed that presidential elections are much more important than the elections. Well, for Ohio, we have a Senate seat up for grabs, among other things. The current seat holder is the retiring Republican George Voinovich. The two primary contenders for the seat are Republican Robert Portman and Democrat Lee Fisher. Fisher has been serving as Lieutenant

Governor under Governor Ted Strickland since 2007. He has worked with Strickland to fairly fund and improve our educational system by reducing class sizes, improving teacher training, rewarding quality teachers, making college more affordable and accessible, and reducing over-reliance on local property tax to fund our public schools. He supports policies and programs that have spurred the development of clean air energy that will open the doors to new economic growth. Fisher is also a supporter of labor unions, claiming they make a more productive workforce. Portman is a pro-life, pro-gun conservative Republican. He advocates privatizing social security, getting rid of the estate tax, and wants to cut spending to balance the budget. He has a record for tax cuts, having been awarded “Hero of the taxpayer” ten times. There is also a Socialist, Constitutionalist and Independent running as well. The Senate seat is a very important, decision that is going to come through this November. For those of you are registered to vote, stay positive and stay informed.

Recreational Classes Maureen McNea | Staff Reporter

As I was signing up for classes, I realized that I had a lot of free time in between and didn’t feel like driving all the way back home. I picked up some brochures outside the Recreation Center and I was surprised at all of the non-credit classes available to students. Courses vary from Golf, Aquatic Kickboxing to Personal Training. With the current cost of health care, it is extremely important to get in shape. Tri-C offers a wonderful opportunity for students, staff and guests to improve their health and confidence without leaving the campus. In my brutal, “Oh my God-how did I get so out of shape” workout, my only wish was that I started sooner! After my workout was done, I went to the showers, and then to the pool for two hours. Tri-C’s Recreation department offers healthy, enjoyable opportunities to faculty, staff, students and guests. Tri-C has open pool hours daily, as well as a Weight Room downstairs in G07. The gym, weight room, and pool are free to faculty, staff & students with a Tri-C i.d. Guests can purchase a ‘guest card’ for a nominal fee. If you are interested in using the weight room or the pool, bring a towel, change of clothes and lock to secure

your items in a locker while working out. There are locker rooms available for men and women, including showers and restrooms facilities. Hours may vary, so contact the Recreation Department at 216-9875456 or call 216-987-5457, the Campus Fit line, which has all the necessary information. The schedules and informational brochures are located outside of the Recreation Center - WRC F-100 For more information contact Recreation Coordinator Rita Shearer: 216-987-5456 or email at Rita.Shearer@ tri-c.edu


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“It Gets Better” A message from National Coming Out Day

Martha G. Ratkowski | Staff Reporter & Photographer Recently the news has been riddled with young teens committing suicide because of the pressures of life at that age and being gay. The message from the panel at Tri-C’s National Coming Out Day Monologues and Panel Discussion was “Hold on, it gets better.” There were several monologues regarding youth coming-out stories that were shared with the crowd. Some stories were sad, some were funny, but all of them were heartfelt. The overall message was; ‘I went through what you are feeling and I understand.’ A panel of counselors, advisors and members of The LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland were in attendance to offer personal stories and to answer questions from the audience. The day also remembered those who took their own lives because they felt they hopeless and immeasurably sad about their situation. The panel discussed acceptance, tolerance, and also what to do if you or someone you know feels lost and confused.  “One life lost in this senseless way is tragic, four lives lost is a crisis.” said Ellen DeGeneres during her talk show on September 30, 2010. This was in response to the death of Rutgers University student, Tyler Clemente. According to The Trevor Project, a non-profit group determined to end LGBTQ suicide, “LGB youth are up to 4 times more likely to

attempt suicide than their straight peers.” The stride to acceptance doesn’t always have to be a giant leap. There are several things the average person can do to promote change. -Watch your language. Avoid words like “queer, gay and fag” when trying to express something as derogatory. Tell friends to stop when you hear it in conversation. It is inappropriate and offensive. -Be careful what you say around children. Kids want to emulate our actions. If they see us tolerate discrimination, they are likely to follow. -Be a friend. If you know someone who is gay or comes out to you as gay, be his or her friend. That person is no different than the person they were before you found out they were gay.  Listen but don’t judge. That person is going through a difficult time and needs your friendship now more than ever. Coming out, to someone can be a huge weight lifted off his or her shoulders. Your friendship and understanding could be the difference between life and death. “Please know you’re ALL loved & not alone!  If you need to talk, we’re here in Counseling (G-108) or find a Safe Zone Sticker.  The Trevor Helpline is available 24/7 for people you might know who need to talk or are questioning the value of their lives 1-866-488-7386.” is

How to: Decrease Breast Cancer Risk Kelley Notaro |  How to Girl

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it is important to educate yourself with ways to decrease your risk of breast cancer, Studies show that breast cancer can be genetic so it is crucial to know your family’s breast cancer history. If an immediate family member has been diagnosed with genetic breast cancer, testing is available to help determine your risk of getting cancer. Breast cancer can also be hormonal and environmental. However, just because someone in your family was diagnosed with breast cancer does not mean you will get it. There are plenty of ways to decrease your risk of getting breast cancer. Lifestyle factors can reduce your risk of breast cancer. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise daily to maintain a healthy weight. This can aid in lowering your risk of getting cancer. Studies have shown there is a strong link between obesity and breast cancer. The risk is even greater if the weight is gained later in life. Managing a steady, healthy weight is optimum. Another thing you can do is pass on the alcohol. Scientific studies link alcohol consumption and breast cancer. Limiting your intake to one drink per day can greatly decrease your risk of

getting the disease. Better yet, don’t drink alcoholic beverages at all. Finally, a monthly self-examination is a must. Your doctor will be more than happy to show you the proper technique in examining your breasts for lumps or thicknesses of the skin. Just like a self examination, mammograms can help to find lumps in the breast, even if you cannot detect them yourself. This is a great tool available to help diagnose breast cancer before it develops or is in the early stages. If you or a family member has been diagnosed with breast cancer, there are ways to fight this disease. The treatment choices, depending on the type and stage of breast cancer are surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and medicinal therapy. According to experts, breast surgery or radiation focus on the breast itself to destroy cancer cells. Systemic treatments such as chemotherapy and medicinal therapy aim to destroy the cancer cells that may have spread through the lymphatic system and bloodstream of the body. You don’t have to face this disease alone. Millions of women around the world are wearing pink to promote breast cancer awareness, and helping to fund ways to stop this disease once and for all.

the message Michelle Nicopolis, PhD, Advisor of the Lambda Gay-Straight Alliance would like to share. In addition, this group meets weekly on campus and everyone is welcome to attend. You may not know someone who is lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender or questioning right now. Chances are you will cross paths with several of these people in your lifetime. You may not even

know it. Just think how you would feel if a friend or family member were being discriminated against or bullied to the point where they considered suicide over life. The time has long since passed where society needs to start to accept or at the very least tolerate those who are different from themselves. No one should take his or her own life because of taunting and bullying.

Need Help With Math? Michelle Figueroa |  Staff Reporter

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Have you ever been sitting at home doing your Math homework and you get stuck on a problem that makes you just want to give up? Tri-C has an online academic support service that can remedy this problem for students who don’t have the time to make it to the Math Lab on campus. The online tutoring support service offers students a chance to get help from an e-instructor. It allows the student to present the Math problem to an e-instructor who will review the problem and help the student work through it on an online whiteboard. This service was implemented to help Tri-C students, especially those who are juggling busy schedules that do not allow them to use the on campus Math Lab. •To use the online tutoring service: •Log on to your “My Tri-C Space”

•Click on the “Student Services” tab •In the Academic Support Services box on the right corner click “General Information and Registration” •Register your information and create a username and password (it is easier if you use your “student number” and your “my tri-c” password ) •Then click the “Login” through the Academic Support Services box on the right (note: you may have to temporarily disable your popup blocker to use this service) •In the section labeled “Connect with an e-instructor now” select the exact subject in the dropdown section then enter •The whiteboard will pop up and you can then begin your session with your live e-instructor.

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