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OCT. 11 - 25, 2010

I told him I was “ not interested and to, please, leave me alone .”

CAMPUS STALKERS Common Stalking Behaviors: • Threats • Physical/sexual assaults • Unwanted gifts, emails or letters • Following you and showing up unexpectedly • Inappropriate conversation/ confrontations • Any repeated action that frightens you A stalker can be a stranger or someone you have known your entire life. I interviewed four Tri-C students on the Metro campus: one man and three women. Survivor Christen X said she was stalked for two semesters. Christen’s last name has been changed to protect her identity.

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JoYvonne: Did you know your stalker? A: No, not at first, but he followed and watched me and eventually, became friends with my friends to get closer to me. JoYvonne: Did you report it? A: No, I just wanted him to stop. JoYvonne: Did you confront him? A: Yes, several times. I told him I was not interested and to, please, leave me alone. In this case, the stalker turned his attention to another woman and left Christen alone. But that is not always the case. Trust your instincts and do not downplay the danger. To another, the stalker’s behavior

may appear sweet, friendly and unthreatening. For example, the stalker may shower the victim with gifts or unflattering letters. But these actions are intrusive and frightening if they are unwanted. What should you do if this happens to you? Develop a safety plan: • Program the Tri-C Campus Police number (987-4325) in your cell phone • Contact the Student Life office on your campus for help • Document every encounter • Try to avoid walking alone • Do not keep it a secret, tell family and friends Where Can You Go For Help? East Campus: Counseling and Psychological Services 987-2283 ESS 2422 Student Affairs 987-2203 ESS 2331 Metro Campus: Counseling Office 987-4343/987-4624 MSS 130 Associate Dean, Liberal Arts 987-4402 MHCS 118 West Campus: Counseling 987-5084/987-5381 WSS 108 Student Affairs 987-5027 G204 Myths and Facts about Stalking Taken from the Stalking Resource

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Center, part of the National Center for Victims of Crime Myth: If you ignore stalking, it will go away. Fact: Stalkers seldom “Just stop.” Myth: Stalking is creepy, but not dangerous. Fact: Stalking is dangerous. Three out of four women who were murdered by an intimate partner had been previously stalked by the killer. Myth: Stalking is annoying, but not illegal. Fact: Stalking is a crime in all 50 states. Myth: If you confront a stalker, he or she goes away. Fact: In some cases, confrontation can make the stalker even more unreasonable and unpredictable. Confronting a stalker can be dangerous. Stalking statistics taken from Fisher, Cullen & Turner (2000), “The Sexual Victimization of College Women.” • 13.1 percent of college women were stalked during an academic year • 80.3 percent of campus stalking survivors knew their stalkers • Three in 10 college women reported emotional or psychological injury as a result of stalking Reporter JoYvonne Davis-Keys, a Tri-C student and former 9-1-1 dispatcher, is here for you. She will be answering your questions in her advice column called “Ask Joy.” To submit your questions drop an email to JoYvonne using this link. If you have a topic you would like her to address, your name will remain confidential. Not all topic suggestions will be used in print.

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By Samantha Hawkins

Cuyahoga Community College student Robert Corwin read his poem in front of an audience last month. “Writing has always been a passion of mine and it’s such a good feeling to see my name in print,” Corwin said after reading “The Visit” at the launch party of Tri-C’s literary journal Breakwall.

By JoYvonne Davis-Keys

Stalking is intentional, unwanted pursuit or repeated harassment that causes someone to fear for their safety. There are many different types of stalkers, but they share the same goal: intimidation and fear. Stalking is against the law in all 50 states. It is considered a crime of power and control.

Tri-C’s Literary Journal Launch

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On September 23rd, Corwin and three other students read for an audience of about 25 including the creators of the journal, their supporters, and various students. They gathered at the Metro Campus Center to hear some of the literary works showcased in this years’ Spring/Fall issue of Breakwall. The intimate gathering was also a celebration for what has been many years in the making. It all started five years ago. Members of the faculty wanted students to have a platform to showcase their poems and other forms of expression. English professor Lindsay Milam and other faculty members also wanted to create a literary journal for students. After many years spent finding a name, writing Continued on Page 2

Poetry Slam a Slam Dunk By Dominique “Dom. P.” Perry

Spoken Word is a summation of life’s existence. People use words to communicate and express feelings on a daily basis. On September 29, Tri-C’s Metro Campus held a poetry slam, brought to you by the members of Action Zone. Located on the first floor of the campus center, Action Zone is a student organization with about 25 members. Headed by Loretta Heard better known as Momma Red these dedicated students put together the event. And with its success, you can plan on many more to come. After weeks of planning and preparation, the poetry slam was a colossal success. Students came to the MLA Wifi from all over campus to join in. Metaphors, synonyms and similes filled the air with emotions of pain, struggle, inspiration, and love. The imagery Continued on Page 2

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High School Students get Early Start on College for Free

By Christian Nieves

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Post Secondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEOP) is a high school based program that takes place at Cuyahoga Community College and many other area colleges. In this program, high school students gain access to college courses as full time students while in their Junior and senior years of high school. The student must be assessed and recommended by their high school guidance counselor. However, there are other mandatory requirements that students must attain before being accepted. The students must submit an application before each semester begins. Students also need to have finished or be in the process of finishing their high school education. They must be eligible to or on course to receive their diploma. That’s one of the programs greatest benefits it allows high school students to receive a diploma and Associate’s Degree by the age of 18. Coordinator of Special Student Services Della Hilbert said “It is beneficial because students can receive their high school diploma and associates degree.” But for that to happen you must start early she

recommend starting in the ninth grade. Hilbert continued “even if the student doesn’t receive their associates before graduating, they will still graduate with a lot of college credits and college experience to take with them to a four year university.” Because one of the requirements is a 3.5 GPA, students must send their high school transcripts over to the college. The high school students also have to take placement tests, and score at the 1010 level in English and the 1200 in Math. After these requirements are fulfilled, an Authorization form to attend is necessary for the benefit of the student. Then students are to schedule a meeting with a Tri-C counselor to plan courses. Courses are limited and assigned by the students’ high school counselor. The courses are usually scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Typically students spend about 4 hours at the college, three to four days a week. The scheduled courses are adequate for teenagers. The staff is helpful to the young college freshmen and tutoring is provided. Sixteen-year-old Tri-C student Marsalis gives his opinion in this

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grants for funding, and exploring ways to advertise the creation of the journal, they finally broke through with the help of student editor-in-chief Aseem Garg. Arriving at the Western Campus he heard about the publication and wanted to be a part of it. “I had been involved in previous publications before and I asked my advisor if they had anything like that and they directed me to Breakwall,” Garg said. Garg, along with faculty advisors Lindsay Milam, Brian Hall and Jack Hagan, and some students sat down and read the submissions to put in the issue. Ten poems, two short stories and one play later, Breakwall’s first issue was complete. It was then published for free by Bill Delgado’s Graphic Imaging students at Cuyahoga Valley Career Center. Out of the contributors who had their works published, four attended the launch party to read their submissions: Robert Corwin, Theresa Mullins, Sally Freeman, and William Roberts. Most students heard about this opportunity through their English Professors. Sally Freeman, a Speech Therapy

major who is now in her third semester, took a Creative Writing course in the spring and submitted her poem titled, “Everybody Knows.” She previously wanted to be an English teacher and a writer, but didn’t want to go the “starving artist” route. She thought that this was a great opportunity to get her writing out there. Robert Corwin, who is sociology major, heard about Breakwall from his English professor and selected one of his poems titled, “The Visit”, about a visit to the cemetery. When asked about his writing process and selection of the poem, Robert Corwin said, “It was revised probably a thousand times before I submitted it.” Submissions for the next Spring/ Fall issue for 2011 are being received right now. The deadline is December 1st. A maximum of three submissions per student are allowed. Submissions can be poetry, short stories, plays, and even artwork and photography are acceptable. The current issue will be placed throughout the campus. The submission form is in the back of the current issue so pick up a copy today. Speak up and submit your best!

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Editor-in-Chief: Sanyika Patterson Design Editor: Steve Thomas Staff Writers: Laura Varcho, Samantha Hawkins, Christian Nieves Adviser: Lila Mills

interview. Christian Q): How do you feel about the program? Marsalis A): I think this program is a good opportunity for us to get into college early. So we won’t have as many years of college left when we graduate high school. Christian Q): How do you feel this type of education will benefit students besides getting an associates degree? Marsalis A): I think this type of education allows us to have a college experience so that we won’t have much trouble adjusting once we graduate. Christian Q): What is the best part of this program? Marsalis A): The best part is spending time on a college campus and earning college credit early rather then concentrating on high school credits that can’t you cant take with you. The program is currently accepting applications for those who want to join the program. If you are in contact with a dedicated high school student, please don’t hesitate to speak to them about the program. You can contact Special Student Services for program information at 216-987-4164.

Poetry Slam

Continued from Page 1 flowed from the students as they spoke words from the heart. Host Jay Brown, an Action Zone alum, kept the party alive with his witty jokes and his television showcase humor. Brown attended Cuyahoga Community College, and made a major impact on the Metro Campus. While here back in 2003, he started groups and hosted talent shows and other events. The poetry slam really showed the diversity of our campus culture. Persons from all different walks of life came out to support and get involved. Every poet gave their all in a battle of words. Last, but not least, it was exciting to see all the students come together and show their school spirit. The Action Zone would like to thank all of the students who participated. They would also like to thank all of the students who came and supported the efforts of the poets, and the hard work of the Metro campus Action Zone. You will see signs and flyers for upcoming events on campus soon.

East Staff Design Editor: Gartrell Dickson Staff Reporters: Matthew Hamilton, Janelle Tate Nicholas Carter Jason Brill Ali Shabazz Adviser: Sarah Szweda

Dr. Dorothy Salem is the advisor for Women With Voices, a service organization on the metro campus. The club focuses on raising awareness and money to help address issues affecting women and children in the community. In past years, members worked on the construction of the playground at Cedar Estates, right across the street from the campus. Members put together Easter baskets for children with AIDS, and raised money for victims of Hurricane Katrina and cancer patients. The members decide which issues will be chosen and create fundraising events. They also solicit donations from small businesses in the community. Each year Women With Voices also holds events and attempts to solve problems on campus. This past year the group was able to get the three emergency landline phones operating on the metro campus, and the phones’ locations put on campus maps. Also, Women With Voices brought in speakers from the Child Support Enforcement Agency and the Domestic Violence Center. The club also brought in Barbara Ferris, a candidate for political office, to talk about female candidacy. Women With Voices wants its members to take leadership in organizing, supporting, and implementing an event during Women’s History Month. In March, they showed an inspirational film. Dr. Salem said: “We had an international award-winning film, Powerful Noise, which focused on women in Bosnia, Mali, and Vietnam…They created solutions to community poverty and (other) problems…We had faculty lectures on women’s issues and history.” Dr. Salem often serves as a liaison within the college to take concerns or problems forward through the bureaucracy. You do not have to be a member to bring your issues to the organization. Women With Voices is scheduled to meet from 2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., October 20, 2010, in MLA 103C. For further information, contact Dr. Salem at 216.987.4515.

West Staff Editor-in-Chief: Sarah Lawrence Associate Editor: Madeline Setser Design Editor: Melissa Jenkins Staff Reporters: Clark Green, Carolyn Boyce, Kelley Notaro, Martha G. Ratkowski, & William Roberts Adviser: Ginny Krouse



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Change Your Community

Staff Reporter | Janelle Tate With additional notes from Rashe’d Whatley On Thursday, Sept. 24 at Tri-C’s Eastern Campus, a packed audience came to hear and participate with popular urban DJ Basheer Jones, who chaired a panel discussion given by Student Activities called, “How Individuality Conflicts with Societal Views.” This was the third of three panels, one given at each campus. The panel was co-chaired by: Mike Brikner, communications director for the Ohio Chapter of the ACLU; Mel Anthony, Ph.D., dean of student affairs; Margret Ismaila-Mitchell, Ph.D., professor of sociology; and Sherrie McArthur, a current Tri-C student running for senator in this year’s student government election. The discussion was opened by Basheer Jones, who graced the audience with an original piece of poetry about Harriet Tubman. In the piece, Jones paraphrased a quote by Tubman stating, “I would have freed many more, if they only

knew they were slaves.” I think we all can agree that there has never been a time in history when society has been so influenced by media and pop culture images that it has managed to dominate so much of our personal lives, encompassing

insight and dialogue on how we view and carry ourselves and each other based on the images that have been provided to us by the media. One of the activities used to start the session was a word-association game where several racial groups were

even our thought processes. In a recent survey given online, more than 62 percent of those polled used media and popular views to decide what were acceptable social behaviors and dress, while the poll noted that only 20 years ago, family was the most influential factor in deciding and placing standards on these same issues. During the panel session, several questions were raised with the purpose of creating

called out, and the crowd was asked to respond positively or negatively as to what they felt about that group. During this exercise the crowd’s responses to the word association ranged from bouts of uneasy laughter to threats of retaliation. This paved the way for a discussion on why we view ourselves and others in this manner, and why we glorify individuals who destroy our community. A commonly agreed to fact in advertising as stated

by Jones is “the key to mind control is repetition.” In the panel discussion Jones discussed how something as simple as radio programming perpetuates this cycle. During the course of a day the same 15 songs play 20 times each. So when we listen to Rick Ross glorify Larry Hoover & Big Mitch, who are both currently in high security federal penitentiaries and will most likely remain there until they die, or Eminem discussing beating women while being serenaded by females who want to be loved so much they like it, how does this environment affect how we feel about ourselves? There were several processes of personal reflection that were given as tools to bring about a positive change on an individual and societal level by co-members of the panel. Anthony stated the challenge is knowing what the norm is in the world you’re in, and Ismaila-Mitchell stated, “It takes getting psychologically out of your hood.” McArthur countered,

stating “whatever the morals and values of that different group are, their actions will reflect.” Jones gave insight as to how to bring about change using key components, which he called the Four E’s of Foundation: Environment, Education, Exposure and Experience. In a separate interview, Jones spoke in depth about the importance of nurturing our youth in these areas to promote growth and freethinking so that we are strong enough to be ourselves and embrace the positive aspects of that instead of the negatives of the norm. He was also asked if he felt like panels truly brought about change. Jones said these discussions aided in planting the seeds of change into our minds, and if we moved on those thoughts and stopped allowing ourselves to have mental abortions, we each had the capability of effecting change. Jones also stated that we all have a common purpose to make the world a better place, and we each have been given a passion for that purpose if we would only use it. It is then that we truly begin to live. When asked what he wanted people to walk away with, he stated he wanted people to be the change in their city; don’t wait. You can find Jones’ program on 1490 AM from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. daily and on 107.9 FM from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays.

Building Health Careers Staff Reporter | Matthew Hamilton It won’t be too much longer before Tri-C’s new Health Careers & Technology Building will be open and accessible to the student body. The Eastern Campus began construction of this new building during the summer of 2009, and it has quickly come together as students can see. The building will house classes relating to programs in the health and medical careers field, as well as the biological sciences. Some of the courses that will be available for students to take in this building are: Pharmacy Technician, Massotherapy, Biology,

Anatomy, Nursing, Medical Assisting and many more. The building will be completed and ready for students to take courses in it during the spring of 2011. The Health Careers & Technology Building is located right beside the student services building. Students should look forward to a new part of Tri-C that they can experience and further learn from. Ross Santell, associate dean of the Eastern Campus, said that the creation of this building is just one of the many projects that are part of the 10year master plan for Tri-C.


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Gallery Where? Gallery Here?! Gallery East! Staff Reporter | Jason Brill So who knew there was an art gallery here at Tri-C’s Eastern Campus? Okay, sit down art students, so you knew it was there. Why didn’t you tell any of your fellow students? We like art, too! I kid of course, but I really had no idea until I bothered to look. Gallery East is in the EEC building. For those as confused as I am by the alphabet soup of buildings, it’s the building

closest to Harvard Road. The gallery is right off the main lobby. Running from Sept. 14 to Oct. 7, was About Face. An art exhibit about, well, faces. It featured artists’ interpretations on that theme. There were playful caricatures of Dennis Kucinich and Mic Jagger and one of the late, great Harvey Pekar. There was a woodburned painting of Sandy Koufax and a pencil sketch of famous Cleveland sports

Fall Into Cleveland Staff Reporter | Jason Brill Fall always seems a welcome change. It’s a season of nostalgia. It welcomes kids of all ages back to school. It is a season ripe with things to do and foods to eat. The cool morning air is invigorating; the nights are crisp. Closets are opened up and hoodies are pulled out, flip-flops pushed to the ends of the shoe rack. We are lucky to live where we do and to be treated to the shades of fall. There is no shortage of great things going on in the autumnal wonderland of Northeast Ohio. Our very own Cleveland

Metroparks are a great place to spend the fall months. Trails for walking, running and biking snake through each reservation. The Mill Stream Run Reservation, located in Strongsville, has hayrides every weekend in October. A great place to take the kids, in addition to the hayrides, there will be square dancing, a hay maze, and a face-painting, balloon-twisting clown. Sundays include pumpkin carving demonstrations. Check their website at www. for more details. Fall is also a season of

icons. Also on exhibit were four paintings of popular horror and sic-fi writers: Edgar Allen Poe, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King and H.P. Lovecraft. The artists, including former Tri-C drawing professor Jackie Freedman, are all members of Northern Ohio Illustrators Society; find out more at HYPERLINK “http://www.” On display throughout the gallery were podiums with some of the artists’ sketchbooks. This would allow visitors, and students, to see the process that the artists go through when creating their harvest, and farms in the area offer apple picking, among other fall fun. Patterson’s Fruit Farm in Chesterland is an apple-picking hotspot. Check them out at www. Farmer’s markets are a great place to find locally grown and produced fruit, as well as vegetables, cheeses and meats. The North Union Farmer’s Market, located at Shaker Square, is a notable example. The market is open every Saturday morning through Dec. 18. For more adult oriented fun, the second annual Cleveland Beer Week is Oct. 15-23. Celebrating craft and import beers, there will be

MATHEMATICS ABSOLUTE VALUE Staff Reporter | Ali Shabazz life, Tri-C student Patricia Green

Do you ever wonder how math can affect almost every aspect of your life? Unlike subjects such as English and Art, math leaves no room for whims or hunches. Math teaches an appreciation for accuracy and precision, while English and Art are open to interpretation and opinion. Now this is not a blasting of the highly touted Arts and Humanities, instead this is simply an advocating for the power and appreciation of math. Students should learn to value their archenemy course of Math because of the healthy bending and stretching that math exerts on the mind. Similar to physical body building and strength training, this pure science conditions your brain, which is also a muscle. A mathematical mind allows you to lift and carry a greater degree of information mentally. In fact, many individuals, having been so tested by this subject feel like their other classes almost offer a relief from heavy weight lifting, since those other courses tend to allow you to relax, listen and discuss course content, whereas math requires you read and do it! If you skip a day or even a chapter in your math class, you may very well find yourself forever struggling just to catch up. When asked about the importance of math in everyday

said math is “just as important in life in general.” And what about its significance to work? “Math is used to measure something as significant as the size an actual wound,” intermediate algebra student

Jillian Strowder said. It’s easy to see the far reaches into everyday life that math has on us as a society. And finally, what should really be recognized most about this subject is the fluidity of it. In other words, your attitude from math should likely carry over to your

works. The organizers thought this was an appropriate way to tie in with the fact that the show was on a college campus. Worry not that you missed it though; there is another show coming up on Oct. 26. Local artists Jeff Yost and Todd Leech will display their artistic endeavors at the gallery. There will be an opening reception Oct. 26 at 5p.m., with the show running until Nov. 18. Check back next issue for more details on this upcoming show. No excuses this time, from you or me!

a cornucopia of tastings, dinners and activities. More details are available at www. The world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra heads back inside as the weather gets cooler. Severance Hall is really a magnificent place, and there are concerts put on all through the fall. To find shows and buy tickets, head over to www. If classical music isn’t quite your taste, there are concerts going on all fall. House of Blues, Nighttown and The Beachland Ballroom are just a few of the places to hear live music and

grab a bite to eat. Don’t forget about Cleveland’s excellent museums. The Cleveland Museum of Art, one of the few major metropolitan museums to offer free admission, has events nearly every day of the fall. You can find their calendar of events at There is also the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Cleveland Botanical Gardens and Western Reserve Historical Society. Fall is here; get out there and have fun. Because we all know what’s coming right around the corner…

approach in all other subjects. This means that since truth, problem solving, precision and accuracy are the cornerstones of math, so should these values become your attitude toward anything else you study. We as a civilization can all have a legitimate opinion about why Firestone tires are better than Goodyear tires, and each opinion can be considered correct, but this is not so in math. No matter who we are and what we argue, there is

no room for two opinions about the same one exact thing. If I tell you that 62 (read as “six squared” or “six to the second power”) equals 36, then there is no room for debate. Math closes out all discussions for disagreements. For this reason, the idea of perfection may serve as a catalyst for students to strive for excellence in other areas of their college academics. And that is the absolute value of mathematics!

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PSEOP Perspective Natalia Radic | Staff Reporter

Many college students can look back upon their senior year of high school and remember the sweet sensation that freedom is finally coming! But, how about receiving that freedom a year earlier? Tri-C boasts a growing Post-Secondary Enrollment Option Program, where high schools students have the option of earning college credit and high school credit classes simultaneously, completely for free. “You get free money and credits for college which is going to help me out so much in the long run,” says North Royalton High School senior, Meghan Djukic. “This is a great idea for people who are looking for ways to save money for college.” Of course, if a PSEOP student fails a class, they must pay for it, as well as the course books. Otherwise, tuition and books are provided for the student for no charge.

Class Scheduling Tips and Tricks

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Brittany Church | Staff Reporter

It’s hard to believe that we are already a month into the semester, and pretty soon it will be time to start thinking about which classes you are going to need for next semester. A lot of you may not realize that as of October 18, registration for the spring semester is officially open and if you are not prepared, you may miss out on your ideal schedule. If you are not sure where to begin, it is always a good idea to schedule an appointment with one of the many very helpful counselors available at each campus. Would you would prefer a more personal approach, you can always ask a professor for course advice or at least have them refer you to some one who would be better able to advise you. If you log into My Tri-C Space and select

Meghan is a full-time Tri-C student, and has already earned 19 credit hours her junior year. By this time next year, she will have completed her sophomore year of college and earned her associate degree. “I absolutely love it! I’ve met a lot of new people here. It’s an awesome escape to get away from all the drama at high school. Everyone [is an] adult and everyone is mature and polite. It’s an awesome learning experience and it really gives me a good idea what the college life will be like when I graduate,” she says of her experience. The program was established in Ohio in 1990, and has grown in numbers since then. The 2008-2009 school year had 567 participants, within the 14 school districts, and rose to 621 during the 2009-2010 school year. PSEOP’s popularity results from the fact that high school students can attend college and receive both high school graduation credits and college credits leading to their associate degree during their junior and senior year of high school. As it turns out, college life isn’t very different from highschool life. Halle Kirsch, former PSEOP student and current freshman at Tri-C, said, “The environment is a lot more laid back and mature. There is a lot of implied self-responsibility.” “It is the same as high school for the basic fact that you have to study and work, and doing nothing won’t get you by so easily,” adds Meghan. “There is only a few negatives that I can think of and that’s the involvement with your high school.” Many critics of the “Student Services” tab and scroll down, on the left there is a box titled Counseling and Advising Services; and it contains links to a directory of advising services and resources. Another often-overlooked resource is also on My Tri-C space under the “My Info” tab. The box labeled “Registration Information” contains several very useful links to the college catalog, The Course Offering Guide, Official Course Outlines, and Programs. Each of these links gives a description of every type of program that Tri-C has to offer. The College Catalog is a very important resource because it provides everything from general school academic policy to degree breakdowns and course descriptions and eventually a personnel directory. The course offering guide is probably one of the most beneficial resources

Scary Movie Review Maureen McNea | Staff Reporter

As autumn begins, there is a coldness in the air. The amusing memories of Halloween, scary movies and being terrified start to fill your mind; I personally begin to remember the first movie I ever saw on my own. I have always been a fan of horror films, but never understood the latest crop of slasher movies. My mom was working at Higbees and used her lunch break to meet us at Westgate Mall to pay for us to see a movie. We wanted to see “The Gumball Rally” but the lady at the box office said we were too young. My mother explained that she had to get back to work and

asked what we could see, the cashier said “The Omen”. We blindly went in not realizing what was about to happen. Oddly, we were the only bodies in the theatre so we sat down, innocent to what was about to happen. The haunting soundtrack plays, and the credits begin. The large screen is filled with an upside down crucifix dripping with blood, it was too late to run, and mom had already left. For the next two hours we sat in horror, convinced that soon we would be confronted and most likely overcome by Satan himself. A memory I will never forget. Years later came the Exorcist.

The publicity for the Exorcist claimed that one could possibly become possessed just by seeing the movie. So, as a God-fearingCatholic school girl, I never went. But, what I did see one night by myself was Trilogy of Terror on TV. I was up late waiting for dad to come home from his second job. I watched the movie and was so afraid to get out of his recliner, convinced that a voodoo doll would soon take demonic control. To this day, if I see dolls, clowns, or trolls it causes me to ... Read the rest on www.

the program suggest that PSEOP takes high school students away from their last years of high school, for extended periods of time. This means that the student may fail to meet graduation requirements. But many students, like Meghan, worry about what they’re missing out. “Since I am a full time student there currently, I miss everything that goes on in high school, which leaves a little extra work of getting caught up with everything that’s going on,” she confesses. “I was sort of nervous,” admits Halle, “but it’s just like high school, in a lot of ways, so I got over that quickly.” Students listed “freedom” as a definite difference between the two institutions. “Freedom” can be defined simply as using your cell phone (openly), and having the liberty to not attend class without a doctor’s note. Speaking from experience, Halle offers up one more piece of advice: “Just don’t ask to use the bathroom!”

because it allows you to set the parameters of your search by campus, academic division, and area of focus so that you can plan for the long term by seeing when the courses you will need are going to be offered. And of course it never hurts to go online and peruse the up coming courses by semester online. Simply login to My Tri-C Space as you normally would, select the My Info tab and click on the link Register (by searching Class Schedule) and chose the Spring 2011 as the term to search. For anyone who is unfamiliar with this, it is also how you schedule online. Again, you are provided with an abundance of options to narrow your search so that you can find only the relevant classes. With these few tips and tricks, you are sure to put together your dream schedule!

How To : Get To Date Number Two Kelley Notaro | Staff Reporter

You see an attractive girl sitting across the way from you in the café, and immediately want to ask her out. What do you say? Instantly, you imagine her turning you down, or simply ignoring you. You make your way over, and introduce yourself; she seems interested, now here is the hard part, asking her out. Casually you ask, “Do you want to hang out Saturday night?” She accepts, now what? If you thought asking her out was hard, then you have not even thought about the date you are going to take her on to impress her enough for date number two. Well gentlemen, I am here to help. You have already managed to her impress her enough with your small talk and being casual when you asked her out, that is a great first step. You have managed to make her feel comfortable, and restrained yourself from using a corny pick-up line such as, “good thing I brought my library card, because I am checking you out.” Lines like that do not impress us; they only make you look un-attractive no matter how big your biceps are. If you are using lines like that and are wondering why you keep getting turned down, try a different approach. You have to be able to take us somewhere enjoyable. No, Applebee’s two for $20 deal will not do the trick. Being frugal on a first date does not cut it and will most likely leave her wishing the date was over. You want to impress her, not depress her. Keep it fun. Take her to a place where there is time to chat and get to know each other, and time to enjoy yourselves. Try Dave and Busters. Who doesn’t love enjoying food and winning prizes together? Keep it classy. Chivalry should not be dead, boys. Open her car door, tell her she looks nice, and let her win. There’s nothing we love more than a guy noticing a cute outfit that we are wearing. Compliments are a must, and it is always important to make her feel comfortable around you. Lastly, throw the 3-day rule out of the window. Do not wait to call her if you have a great time with her. There is nothing a girl loves more than hearing ... Read the rest on


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Tri-C Wins Prestigious Sustainability Award Carolyn Boyce | Staff Reporter

Tri-C was one of two colleges to win an award from Crain’s Cleveland Business Magazine on September 23, 2010 for its accomplishments in sustainability. Crain announced the winners of the Emerald Awards at its yearly ceremony held at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. This honor recognizes Northeast Ohio organizations for their proven commitments to the triple bottom line concept of “Profits,

Planet and People.” Tri-C’s successes include; reducing energy use by twentynine percent between 2000 and 2009, educating students for the green job market, and collaborating with the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority to offer discounted rides to students. Peter MacEwan, vice president of Facilities Development and Operations, accepted the award on behalf of the college. Others representing Tri-C included; Emily Anne Amato; Director of Emerging Industries, Kevin Snape; Vice President of Sustainability, Thomas Stecky; Executive Director of Facilities Development and Operations; and Stephanie Strong-Corbett; Sustainability Manager. Baldwin-Wallace was the other college to receive an award.

Bridges to Success In The Sciences Michelle Figueroa | Staff Reporter

Bridges to Success in the Sciences Program (BSSP) is a program funded by the National Institutes of Health Division of Minority Opportunities in Research. The program encourages underrepresented students to pursue degrees in science. They provide support and mentorship to students while they attend Tri-C as they plan to transfer, and complete their science education at a four year institution. The Cuyahoga Community College BSSP seeks new students, who are motivated and interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical or behavioral sciences. Cuyahoga Community College Alumni and former BSSP student Ynes Arocho is an example of the great success that can be achieved when a student takes advantage of the opportunities available to them at Tri-C, and the Bridges to Success Program. Ynes was a student of the BSSP from 2002-2004. She graduated with her Associates of Arts in June of 2005 then transferred to Cleveland State University where she received her Bachelor’s degree from CSU in Environmental Science. BSSP opened doors for Ynes at Cleveland State where she currently works as a Teaching Assistant, teaching Human and Plant Biology, while at the same time working

toward obtaining her Masters degree. In an interview with Ynes she stated that Bridges was a great tool in advancing not only her academic goals, but her career goals as well. Ynes stated “through Bridges I connected with Dr. Julie Wolin, who I did research with as an undergraduate student, graduate student, and still research with her today”. Taking advantage of the resources available to her at Tri-C and through the BSSP Ynes was able to secure a promising future. When asked what advice she would give to new students interested in a science degree Ynes had this to say, “Take advantage of all the opportunities that both Tri-C and Bridges has to offer”. During her time at Tri-C she expressed that her most memorable moment as a student of the BSSP was when she presented her research at a National Conference in Florida. Ynes is one of the many

Yesterday’s Trophy: Dusting Off The Mat Maureen McNea | Staff Reporter

As Tri-C West students grapple with upcoming midterms, unbeknownst to most of them, is the approaching 30th anniversary of former Tri-C West Hall of Fame wrestling coach, John Borszcz, last run to glory. Tri-C once had a successful and highly-regarded junior college wrestling team. I passed by a Dusty Trophy case sitting inconspicuously against the wall and decided to turn around to read the trophies. The Tri-C wrestling team had won national championships and placed consistently for over 10 years. With a record of 178 wins 13 losses and one tie, they claimed the highest winning percentage in college mat history. As I read the names I wondered who these people were, how were their lives changed because of this experience? Who was this John Borszcz, the coach responsible for all of these wins? I decided to find the man and wrestlers to complete the mystery. I arrived at the Borszcz home on Wednesday to discuss his wrestling legacy. Shockingly, he didn’t look like an “Eastern Block Tyrant” like I had thought with a last name like that, but more like Paul Newman, with the charisma to match. We sat down in his beautiful home to find out what it was about him that consistently won Championships? Modestly, Borszcz answered,” Old fashioned hard work, conditioning and discipline. We had a highly talented group of athletes.” Recruiting from the talent-laden pool of local high schools in the Northeast Ohio area, Borszcz built powerhouse teams year after year. In over 12 years of coaching at Tri-C not one teammate was ever ineligible to compete, winning the overall NJCAA national title in 1976. He was named NJCAA National Coach of the Year for that accomplishment and was a 5-time winner of the NJCAA Region XII Coach of the Year also. He entered the NJCAA Wrestlers Hall of Fame in 1981.A former Ohio high school state champ from Maple Heights, Borszcz learned his craft at the hands of Ohio coaching legend, Mike Milkovich. A wrestler on the team, Bob Kistemaker, stated, “JB was an intense coach that was rock steady. He had high expectations and he treated us with dignity. He wasn’t a rah-rah guy or a yeller but he showed his confidence in his wrestlers in his own way.” Borszcz’ wrestlers win by consistency, discipline and working a little harder than the competition, so when they competed they were ready because they were highly-trained and conditioned better than any other team. The wrestlers I contacted attribute their success in life to the training, discipline and strong bond that they had as a team . I discovered from talking to Borzsz’s guys, that wrestling is the ultimate individual sport because you’re one-on-one with a guy the same size and weight, and there’s nowhere to hide. It is seven minutes of harsh, sweaty, bone- wrenching, in-your-face, killor-be-killed attitude. Borsch, a very humble and affable fellow, finished his coaching career at Tri-C with a record of 178-13-1 in 12 years. He now spends his time with his long time love and wife Sharon. He enjoys golfing and traveling with family. students who has benefitted from the Bridges to Success in the Sciences Program. If you fit the criteria of a BSSP student, and would like to get a head start on your academic and career goals, then BSSP is just the program for you. Contact the Bridges Program Coordinator, using your Tri-C student e-mail, for more information and an application at: 

Bridges to Success Students have the opportunity to Work as paid research assistants for scientific experts at: Baldwin Wallace College Case Western Reserve University Cleveland State University Cleveland Clinic Foundation John Carroll University The University of Akron Receive FREE personalized academic mentoring from Tri-C science professors Travel to local and national scientific conferences Attend FREE workshops on scientific research and achieving academic success. 

Jobs of the Season Kelley Notaro | Staff Reporter

Though Christmas is not yet around the corner, businesses are starting to hire for holiday seasonal help. With jobs looking for extra employees, this means extra cash for you this winter. The retail job market is improving, and with that said, stores will be expected to hire between 550,000 and 650,000 extra employees. Of course, that in no way compares to the 746,800 and 720,800 people hired for seasonal jobs in previous years. However, it looks as though chances of finding a job this season are great. Traveling to any mall or outlet mall is one of the best things you can do to find a seasonal job. Many jobs in malls have just put up their now hiring signs, and have had job fairs to show customers that they are in need to extra employees. Larger chain stores such as, Wal-Mart, Toys-R-Us, Jo-Ann Fabrics, and Things Remembered are expected to hire a good amount of people this holiday season. Even Kohl’s and Bath and Body Works in Macedonia have already posted now hiring signs. It is always important to stand out to an employer, even when only asking for an application. First impressions make all of the difference. Here are a few tips on how to impress a possible future employer. You want to look professional: Don’t come into the store in sweat pants and a sweatshirt. The second a person is asking for an application, they are being judged. It’s always important to look your best. Turn in your application early. Upon receiving an application, go back to your car, or find a table, and fill it out, then turn it in before you leave. In doing so, it shows the employer that you are serious about getting a job, and you could be someone to rely on. Lastly, always have a resume on hand. When applying for a job, it is important to stand out, and show the employer why you are the best candidate for the position. Attach your resume to your application. This will give the employer a chance to look at things you have accomplished before an interview is even scheduled. It’s always hard finding a job, but luckily for the upcoming holidays, our opportunities have grown.

The Voice - Issue 2  

Issue 2 of The Voice

The Voice - Issue 2  

Issue 2 of The Voice