FOUR CAMPUSES. ONE VOICE MARCH 4, 2014 • ISSUE NO. 7, VOL 16
Tri-C President Meets With Obama
College officials talk higher education with White House, & Congress.
Medical Marijuana Petition Circulating Campuses
Bill to bring the use of medical marijuana to Ohio needs signatures to make the ballot.
Victim Died from Stab Wound to Torso and Heart Martemus was a live-in boyfriend since November… persons who knew him on the Tri-C Metro Campus have said he was having trouble with his relationship to Hall in the past few weeks.
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Excellence in Teaching Award
Tri-C student Anthony Martemus, 28, died from a stab wound to his chest after an altercation with a 21-year-old woman Feb. 6. Martemus was seen working out at the Tri-C Metro Recreation and Wellness Center regularly and was a full-time student studying construction engineering technology. This photo was on his Facebook page
A woman charged in connection to the stabbing death of Tri-C student Anthony Martemus remains in jail under a $200,000 bond.
Tiaunna Hall, 21, did not enter a plea and denied a preliminary hearing on charges that she murdered her live-in boyfriend at an initial appearance in Cleveland Municipal Court. Court documents indicate there was enough probable cause to charge Hall with murder and allowed the
case to go to the Cuyahoga County grand jury. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner released its final report calling Martemus’s death a suspected homicide. The summary said his cause of death was a “stab wound of torso with injury to heart.” On Feb. 6, Police responded to the 600 block of East 123rd Street on a domestic fight call at 10:59 p.m. and found the victim inside a residence with a stab wound to the chest. Martemus was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center where he was treated, then later pronounced dead at 11:40 p.m., a spokesperson for Cleveland Police said in a press release. Hall was arrested on the scene.
Booking photo of stabbing suspect Tiaunna D. Hall. News reports indicate Martemus was a live-in boyfriend since November. Persons who knew him on the Tri-C Metro Campus have said he was having trouble with his relationship to Hall in the past few weeks. The police report said Hall and Martemus were involved in an altercation when he suffered a stab CONTINUED ON PAGE 5
West Staff Reporter The annual college-wide Excellence in Teaching Award at Tri-C is in honor of Ralph M. Besse, who was instrumental in the founding of TriC. As a lawyer, Besse was able to help get the state legislature to approve the establishment of a community college system. However, what is most remarkable about Besse is his humble beginning. Born in 1905, Besse was the son of a dairy farmer and the valedictorian at his local high school in Ohio. His education was destined to stop there until H.B. Stewart, a lawyer who heard his valedictorian speech, was impressed by it. Stewart offered him a loan and Besse became the first member of his family to attend college. According to the Plain Dealer Besse later credited Stewart for his role in education by saying, “He helped change my life so much, I kind of felt an obligation to do for others what he did for me.” When Besse repaid CONTINUED ON PAGE 3
‘Missing Persons’ Program Sparks Discussion at Tri-C
Prosecutor Urges People Get to Know Neighbors
The inaugural Behind The Headlines program kicked off with its first forum “Missing Persons” at the Tri-C Metro Theatre Feb. 20. The program moderated by WKYC news anchor Russ Mitchell featured a Cleveland police detective spokesperson, a Tri-C sociology professor, a county prosecutor, and an author of a real-life crime story as panelists. Photo by Fareem Khabeer BRONSON PESHLAKAI
The Behind the Headlines program at Tri-C Metro Campus brought together members of law
enforcement, academia and the media together to talk about how missing people cases are investigated and covered by the press. After the notable rescue of three young women who were abducted and held captive on Cleveland’s
west side for more than a decade, panelists reflected on how the investigation was executed and how law enforcement dealt with the international press. The program moderated by WKYC news anchor Russ Mitchell, featured Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty, Cleveland police spokesperson Det. Jennifer Ciacci, Tri-C sociology professor Valerie Brown and author James Renner. McGinty said Cleveland was cast in a bad light to the world because of the three missing women being held against their will for 10 years. However Cleveland opened up their arms to protect the women, offered free medical coverage for life, lawyers offered free legal advice, neighbors brought food to the women’s family’s homes, money was raised by the community, and in so many other ways helped
bring healing to recovering women abducted by Ariel Castro. “The families wrapped around and protected them, the neighbors protected these girls, and gave them the healing time,” McGinty said. “They were in total shock when they came out of this thing.” He said that Cleveland really showed it cared and celebrated the return of these women. When their captor’s house was demolished church bells in the Seymour Avenue neighborhood rang. The forum had a good turnout of students, faculty and the community. McGinty said if there was one ideal that those who attended the forum could leave with it would be, “trust no one. Be careful. Con men are everywhere, dangerous people lurk. Be careful with your children, your little brothers and sisters,” he said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 5
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Johnson Among College Leaders at White House Summit Tri-C Leaders Band With Other College Execs to Lobby Congress
ing and success to individuals from moderate- or low-income families,” Johnson said. Of the 109 different college executives in attendance, Tri-C was only one of 11 community colleges Johnson said Tri-C is respected nationally for some of the initiatives the college has introduced, like the Bridge program. This program allows students to participate in two weeks of English and math enrichment courses before retaking their placement examination. “We have seen a significant increase of more students moving from
development education into collegelevel status,” Johnson said. Another initiative Tri-C will implement in the fall is a tuition guarantee program that will freeze a student’s tuition rate for up to three consecutive years of fulltime courses. The college board of trustees approved the measure on Jan. 30. The goal is to encourage students to enroll in full-time courses with the aim to complete their academic programs within three years, a release said. “We’re striving to help our students work toward their academic
degrees and a better future,” Johnson said in a statement. “Stabilizing tuition provides an incentive to accomplish these goals in a maximum of three years.” Because their was only 11 community colleges represented at the White House summit and Tri-C was one of thousands in the nation, Johnson said he wants to believe that the president understands Tri-C, and that the college is doing its part to promote Obama’s goals relating to increasing degree attainment by 10 million in 2020. “I thought community colleges were certainly in the limelight at this meeting ,” Johnson said. “We made commitments to continue to do what we know is in the best interest of our students but we also said, that in addition to the kinds of things I talked about … we need to reach out more extensively and more collaboratively with our public system of education.” Only a couple weeks after Johnson’s trip to the White House, he and Nadine Feighan, Tri-C board of trustee vice chairperson, along with other members of the college’s government relations team attended the Association of Community College Trustees National Legislative Summit Feb. 10 to 13 in Washington D.C. Johnson said that this year the focus was on the workforce development, veterans’ affairs and federal legislation that include funding for Pell grants and Workforce Reinvestment Act. This summit was meant to inform and lobby congressional members of the importance of community colleges, since it’s the Congress who controls appropriations to
Four Little Black Girls
among others in our history books. But, there are others. More specifically, there were four others. Four young girls, who never purposely attempted to move the major change in history along, through their own misfortune, changed the stakes in the Civil Rights Movement. In the early morning on Sept. 15, 1963, members of the United Klans of America (a Ku Klux Klan group) planted a box of dynamite with a time delay under the steps of the 16th Steet Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. Following Sunday school services, 26 children were walking into the basement assembly room to pre-
pare for a sermon, ironically entitled “The Love That Forgives,” when the bomb exploded. The four young girls, Addie Mae Collins (14), Denise McNair (11), Carole Robertson (14), and Cynthia Wesley (14), were killed in the attack which also injured 22 people, including Addie Mae’s younger sister, Sarah. The explosion blew a hole in the church's rear wall and destroyed the back steps, leaving a single stained-glass window intact that depicted Christ, as he led a group of small children. The tragedy not only struck the hearts of people who sympathized with the movement for equality, but also with people from all over the globe. Natu-
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, met with Ohio community college leaders Feb. 11 to discuss education policy and closing the skills gap at his Russell Senate Office Building office in Washington. Photo courtesy of Sen. Rob Portman’s office BRONSON PESHLAKAI
Tri-C President Alex Johnson traveled to the White House to convey to 109 other college presidents, Barack Obama, and his education leaders, the success of Tri-C’s programs geared toward college access and affordability. “It was an extraordinary opportunity to showcase Cuyahoga Community College and the efforts that it’s taking to provide access learn-
Sole Survivor of 1963 Church Bombing Will Tell Her Story at Tri-C MARC PRINCE
Metro Associate Editor
Once a year, for an entire month, Americans take the time to remember and celebrate the achievements of the Civil Rights Movement. While Black History Month
has been set to honor the significant accomplishments of African-Americans, the true idea behind the tradition, is that all people should strive for equality, no matter what racial group they belong to. That said, in thinking of great blacks in history, a few names very easily come to mind. Icons, like the Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, and Harriet Tubman, tend to stand out
higher education. The Ohio Association of Community Colleges held a special session where U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, met with Ohio’s community college delegates to discuss key issues. “I appreciated the opportunity to get input from Tri-C and community college leaders from around our state and discuss the CAREER Act, my initiative in the U.S. Senate to close the skills gap that keeps many unemployed Ohioans from getting the jobs they need,” Portman said. “We are excited about opportunities to enhance regional partnerships and make sure that worker retraining programs are matching skills training with the demands of the job market.” While students work toward career development or degree attainment to ultimately improve their professional and personal lives, the wheels of politics, and industry meetings to collectively reach the nation’s educational goals keep turning – making students’ education here at Tri-C possible with the second lowest tuition rate in the state.
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Metro Staff Reporter The latest crime reports for the TriC Metro Campus included a number of incidents ranging from vandalism to theft. The list is updated daily by campus police and is accessible online via the student services tab on My TriC space. During an interview with Lt. Ron Wynne of the Metro Police, reporters from The Voice received details surrounding these incidents. It has been confirmed that recent sightings of graffiti on campus are not gang related but simply a part of a subculture among skateboarders called “tagging,” Wynne said. “We work so hard to keep our buildings nice and to keep the campus nice for our students,” Wynne said. “It’s just such a distraction, and the culture here is not that way. We’ll get to the bottom of it and we’ll find out whose responsible. The consequences for partaking in the illicit art however are severe. Damages under $1000 can result in charges such as criminal mischief while more costly damages can lead to a vandalism felony charge. Aside from legal action, any incident involving a registered student of Tri-C is forwarded to the dean’s office and could result in suspension, or expulsion. For the past four months, the locker room has been sealed off for
“We work so hard to keep our buildings nice and to keep the campus nice for our students.” — Lt. Ron Wynne, Metro Police repairs after a break-in which destroyed several lockers. Metro police have met with the dean of student activities and discussed plans to secure valuables differently upon the reopening. This can prove challenging in a camera-free area such as a locker room but the college has taken a proactive approach by assigning student patrols in areas that are likely targets for vandalism. With up to 7000 visitors passing through the college each day, criminal incidents are to be expected but Wynne assured us that crime rates at the Metro campus are not high considering commuter traffic. Metro police are continuously patrolling the grounds with the mentality that “one is too many.” Coming into 2014, officers have remained dedicated to taking away the opportunities for criminal activity on and around campus. Along with help from student and faculty, Tri-C can continue to be a safe and progressive learning environment.
Excellence in Teaching Award Continued From Page 1
him the loan during the Great Depression, Stewart was said to have remarked, “You were the only investment I made which paid off in full.” Besse died in 2001, leaving behind his wife, daughter, two sons,
ten grandchildren, and eight greatgrandchildren. The nomination of educators for this award is done by students, and the link can be found on the home page of your My Tri-C Space page.
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Effort to Place Medicinal Marijuana Use on Ballot Closer Than Ever DANEISHA PAYTON
Metro Staff Reporter
The Ohio Rights Group is a nonprofit organization that is pushing towards the legalization of medical marijuana. The issue of medical marijuana has been an ongoing controversy for quite some time now, even years; and now, in 2014, medical marijuana is being brought closer than ever to becoming legal in our state. According to Christine DeJesus, and Lauren Berlekamp, representatives of the Ohio Rights Group stated that they’re now petitioning for the legalization of medical marijuana and industrial hemp to be
placed on the ballot of 2014. The legalization would make it possible for anyone 18 and over, who have a debilitating medical condition, and meet eligibility requirements, the legal right to use, possess, acquire, and produce cannabis (marijuana). Also, children may qualify with the written consent of a parent or guardian. The representatives also demonstrated knowledge of the medical canabis being known to ease the pain of those suffering from illnesses of Dravet Syndrome, Epilepsy, Cortical Dyspasia, Parkinson’s Diesease, Glaucoma, Post dramatic stress disorder, and even migranes. “Medical marijuana would make the world a better place; creating jobs and medicine. It would contribute to less alcohol use, less violence, and eventually
destroy the black market,” DeJesus said. Berlekamp said medical marijuana would contribute to a reduction of crime rates; by so many people being arrested and categorized as violent for things as minor as marijuana use, they may not actually be violent people, the legalization would free the burden from those people who may actually really need Medical marijuana. Those against the legalization of Medical marijuana have their reasons also, Medicalmarijuanaprocon.org says that Medical marijuana is a cover up for recreational use, it being too dangerous for use without being supervised, it interfere with fertility, impairs driving ability, and causes server injuring of the lungs, brain, and immune system. 20 out of the 50 states have already participated in the legalization
Medical marijuana would make the world a better place; creating jobs and medicine. It would contribute to less alcohol use, less violence, and eventually destroy the black market,” DeJesus said.
of Medical Canabis, where as, 10 out of of the remaining 30 states, Ohio being one of them are now petitioning on the issue. The Ohio Rights Group are now collecting petitions statewide, aiming for 385,000 signatures from Ohio and
at least 5% for each of the 88 counties. Already receiving at least 20, 000, 525 of those being from cuyahoga county college students, the group is visiting multiple colleges throughout Ohio, up until late July, hoping for the issue to be placed on the ballot of 2014.
Save a Few Bucks on Fines While Helping the Needy Students Donate Food in Exchange for Book Fee Buyouts RACHEL PAUL
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Cans of food donated to helping the needy can eliminate fines students accrue from late charges. Photo by Lauren Mangan exchange program during the holiday season, and during National Library Week April 13-17. There is no limit on how much food can be donated to settle your fine. Is it worth the trouble? One dollar may not sound like much,
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Women's Cross Country Earns National Title for Academics FROM TRI-C STAFF REPORTS
The women’s cross country team at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) topped the nation in academic performance during the 2013 season, reports the NJCAA Cross Country Coaches Association. Tri-C’s runners earned a 3.768 grade-point average during fall semester, edging Iowa Central Community College (3.761 GPA) for best marks in the country, according to academic team standings announced by the Coaches Association. Four members of Tri-C’s team – Allison Hainer (Cuyahoga Falls), Jackie Merry (Parma), Therese Thomason (Columbia Station) and Cheyenne Emery (Delaware, Ohio) – claimed Academic All-American honors. The Challengers also won Academic Team of the Year honors in 2005. “To me, this is the highest honor our team can achieve,” Tri-C Head Coach
Don Cox said. “This says everything about the student-athletes at Cuyahoga Community College and how hard they work to be successful.” The team performed well out-
side of the classroom, too: Tri-C placed 14th at the national championships in November while setting a school record for best average time in a race.
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A Fiction Tale:“The Twister”
Adjusting to College Life
FAHEEM KHABEER Metro Staff Reporter
In the First Person SHARAN PAUL Metro Staff Reporter
No matter what your situation, adjusting to college is difficult. Students, who return to college, after years of being out of school, as well as, recent high school graduates, face many challenges in the world of higher learning. And none of them are easy, when you are the “new kid.” Time management is critical to college students. It takes large amounts of time to study and not look like an idiot in class. However, college is about more than learning enough to pass a test or get a job. It is a place to make connections, whether it be for future business or personal reasons, and networking is essential to success. In addition, there has to be time for fun. It is important to know when to put the homework aside, and party with friends, eat dinner at Mom’s house, or go skydiving with the kid you met in Psych class. A brief respite from study can bring a fresh perspective on the paper you did not want to write, in the first place. It is beneficial to become part of the community around you. Tri-C has numerous ways for students to interact CONTINUED ON PAGE 7
“He is real. They are coming for me!” the mangy old man in rags yelled with conviction as he approached looking to smell of two-week-old fungus and garbage that has been sitting in 103 degree heat next to a sewage facility. A slight drag in
his step, he reached out as he approached eyes wide open, gasping, a fish out of water. “I don’t care! Get back!” Jazzy screamed as she pulled the mace and unleashed a stream of hot pepper spray from a karateopen stance. The fluid found home on the bridge of the man’s nose and spread out, stinging his eyes. He sang out in pain as his hands rushed to his face, bending him over as the women ran down the alleyway in the
‘Missing Persons’ Program Sparks Discussion at Tri-C Continued From Page 1
From left, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were abducted and held captive for more than a decade. The miraculous rescue of the young women last year was part of a discussion at the "Behind The Headlines: Missing Persons" forum held on Feb. 20. Photo courtesy from media reports.
People like Ariel Castro and Anthony Sowell take advantage of their prey’s trust and vulnerability. “It was a great way to inform and educate the public … it had great presenters who had thoughtful ideas and challenging notions to present to the audience,” said Michael Bennett, president of The Press Club of Cleveland, one of the sponsors of the event. Tri-C student Michael Culp attended the forum and said communities should
take preventative measures now. “Get involved with your community,” Culp said. “Know who your living with; spend a little bit of time and invest in the place that you live. So nothing like this (tragedy) can ever happen again.” The presentation was sponsored by TriC’s departments of Student Life and Journalism and Mass Communication, The Press Club of Cleveland, and The Voice student newspaper.
rushed steps of club heels. The chirp of keyless entry unlocked the doors and they swung their bodies into the doors of the dark blue Prius. Cali slammed the rubber key into the ignition, started the car and they peeled off in the direction the car was pointed, opposite of where they left the man to recover from his temporary immobilization. Find out what happens in this fiction story at http://www.cccvoice.com/metro/.
Continued From Page 1 wound to the chest. Dorian Perea met Martemus at the start of this term. They would interact daily in their English and math class, as well as working out in the Wellness Center. “We were just astounded to find out that he passed away like that. It was sad,” Perea said. He described Martemus as quiet and energetic, and a nice down-to-earth friendly person who liked to talk to people. Perea and Martemus often rode the bus home on the east side of Cleveland. Their last conversation on the bus was about how sore Martemus was after working out. They said their good-byes; and it wasn’t until four days later Perea heard the news. “I was wondering why he wasn’t coming to class,” Perea said.
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Book Review: It’s Not A Game
Tri-C Student Gets Book Published
Publicity photo of Faheem Khabeer. Photo courtesy of Khabeer SHARAN PAUL
Metro Staff Reporter
Faheem Khabeer was a decent kid, good at school, never in trouble, until one fateful day when an argument turned ugly, and he was sent to prison for aggravated assault. Sentenced to more than five years, he could have turned into a career criminal. He may have been angry and disillusioned, at a system of justice that was not always fair. Instead Khabeer channeled his energy into writing about his experiences through fictional characters, in his book, “It’s Not A Game,” pub-
lished in 2013, and currently available at the Tri-C bookstores. Khabeer spent his time behind bars tutoring other inmates, helping them study for the GED exam. In his book he wrote a story about a young man, like himself, that wrote poetry, and longed for the woman he left behind. The main character in the book, Breeze, was based on Khabeer’s own experiences. However, the character of Breeze’s soul mate, Asia, was actually a compilation of three women in Khabeer’s past. The story became a book when two acquaintances from Harvard expressed interest in it, for a project at school. Khabeer chose the format of a printed book over digital text.
“I like the feel of a book in my hands,” Khabeer said. “It is something concrete, that you can keep, show others, and save.” The book is compelling, and advertised as “raw and uncut.” Indeed the language is graphic and the situations mirror the worst things that can happen in prison, but it was purposely written in the way people spoke in the nineties. “I wrote it DC style. It was important to keep it authentic to the time period,” Khabeer said. He wanted to preserve that part of history, good and bad, because he feels it is often forgotten by mainstream America today. Today, Khabeer is a second year digital filmmaking student at the TriC Metro campus. Born in Cleveland, Khabeer ended up, at 12 years old, living in Washington D.C. with his aunt. It was there that Khabeer saw the onset of the crack cocaine crisis, and how it killed his friends, destroyed families, and devastated entire neighborhoods. “In the nineties there was a mass incarceration for drugs. It was all part of the war on drugs. And we are still feeling the effects of it today. Some people are still in jail,” he said. Khabeer is the exception, because he did not become a criminal. He was released from prison more than 12 years ago, and never returned. He attributes his success to “good community, an unwavering focus on the future, and the fact that he had skills to fall back on.” The support he received, in Cleveland, led him to Tri-C, where he plans to finish his studies and promote book sales through other college and neighborhood bookstores. Students will have the opportunity to meet Khabeer at book signing parties planned for the end of February. The book is available at: http:// www.amazon.com/Its-Not-GameFaheem-Khabeer, http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/It-s-Not-A-Gameby-Faheem-Khabeer. The indie movie, Dark City, based on the book and produced by Khabeer, is currently airing on YouTube at the following link: http:// www.dramacity51.com/.
Four Little Black Girls CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2 running marks for the organization of the Black Panther group. This tragedy was followed by an arguably flawed evolutional growth in our society that continues to this day. Between strides made with the Human Rights Campaign, and compromises being made in the U.S. citizenship process, our nation has come a long way from that horrific time in history. Every year, we honor those who gave their time, tears, and lives fighting for the right to be respected as equal individuals. Tri-C will make their contribution to the celebration this year by welcoming Sarah Collins Rudolph, sister of Addie Mae, who perished in the bombing. She is the sole survivor of that 1963 bombing. In a retrospect, that will feature highlights influential to the Civil Rights Movement, Rudolph will tell her riveting story later this month at the Metro Campus, during a pair of Black History Month
events. Her program – “The Diary of a Sole Survivor” – will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. in the Metropolitan Campus Theatre, and again at noon on Feb. 26, at the Eastern Campus Auditorium. Both events are free and open to the public. The world has been kind enough to bring us the compelling voices of King, Gandhi, and Barack Obama. These men were able to change the world, establishing equality and freedom for all. It is a reminder to all people that among those iconic Nobel Peace Prize Winners are a few less known names, who paid the ultimate price for equality. Denise, Cynthia, Carole, and Addie Mae, four young girls, lost before they could grow up, are a testament to the high cost of civil rights. This month is not all about Black History…it is a celebration of “Human” History.
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Metro Staff Reporter Save buck this year and have a Tri-C volunteer help you file your taxes. As a student we are all ways looking for ways to save money. One way students can truly save money this tax year is by taking advantage of free tax preparation. Students should know that each of the tax preparations are done by people who are experienced, and IRS certified. Mike Kolesar was a tax attorney for more than 30 years, and
now serves as a volunteer with the Tri-C free tax preparation. “I take self-satisfaction in helping low-income people filing their taxes,” Kolesar said. Tri-C is entering its fifth year in providing free tax help not only for students, but for those in the greater Cleveland community as well. There are income guidelines to meet for getting your tax work done for free – the taxpayer needs to have made less than $58,000 a year. The tax help is very popular, on Feb. 22 there was nearly 60 people who showed up to file their taxes.
You Might Be A Microracist If... West Staff Reporter
A black female in her early twenties sits down for the first day of her English class. She’s actively participating in class discussion and as polite as the rest of her classmates. When the class is over, one of her peers catches up with her in the hallway to share that he identified with a lot of what the other student brought to class. “You sound so educated! It’s like you’re not even black,” he declares enthusiastically. The girl, visibly nerved by the remark mumbles an awkward thank
you and shuffles away. This is only one of many racial microaggressions a person belonging to the black community will face during their lifetime. Chester Pierce, Emeritus Professor of Education and Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, coined the term Microaggression in 1970 to describe the mostly non-physical interactions between “races” and ethnicity, culture and gender that are subtle forms of aggression to demean, insult and invalidate a person. Racial microaggressions occur daily and often without hurtful intentions. Everyday niceties toward a POC can serve as a backhanded compliment of sorts from the unintentional
perpetrator. This is still another facet of a microracism. Below are everyday examples of microaggression. When an African-American person uses correct grammar, showcases an extended vocabulary, or incorporates proper pronunciation and enunciation into their speech, they are met with accolades of “sounding white” or “so educated”. Telling a black person or any POC for that matter that they sound educated is offensive because it is patronizing and undermines their natural intellect. Most often when speaking, it is to express personal insight into a topic, not to garner the praise of another ethnic group. “Can I touch your hair?” Don’t
do this. Not only is it possibly unhygienic for both parties, it’s downright weird. This question is a throwback to a time when Africans and black people of African descent where put behind cages or behind a rope and invited to be examined by White patrons in human zoos in the 19th and 20th centuries. “I didn’t know it was rude, I was just curious,” confessed “Dianne”, a Tri-C West student whom was part of a small survey I conducted to
measure the knowledge of racial microaggressions amongst the campus. Assuming all black people are rap aficionados is another common microaggression one is often to hear. Walking on eggshells is not the answer to the problem, nor is adopting a colorblind doctrine when facing the world. A simple solution is treating each person, regardless of ethnic background, as being an individual with their own merits and interests.
I didn’t know it was rude, I was just curious.
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Social Speaker series receives honor, impact
Cuyahoga Community College names Social Science Speaker Series after Dr. Carol Franklin, and begins with a bang
Photo courtesy of Steve A. Thomas. with the Cleveland community, affording the opportunity to experience the world outside academia. Students, like myself, who have relocated to attend Tri-C, can quickly find themselves suffering from culture shock. By taking an active part in the area beyond the campus, it is possible to feel “at home” even when you are not. Through a professor, I volunteered at the Homeless Stand Down, and met a woman who offered me an internship opportunity. I helped with the Veteran’s Clothing drive on campus, and met a fellow student that helped me through Biology. Six months ago, I could not find my way home without the GPS. Now I feel “at home” in Cleveland. College activities provide a
sense of belonging, and can significantly add to your job skills. The best way to meet people, that share your interests, is to join a campus organization. I like writing, so I joined the student newspaper staff. It has given me a chance to meet and connect to a diverse group of people, that I now consider my friends. My accomplishments can also be listed on a future resume, as valid work experience. (And it’s fun!) Adjusting to college is hard, but getting connected is easy. Say “hello” to one person you do not know, each day. Use the college to connect with the community around you. Find opportunities to join school organizations that interest you. Before you know it, the first semester is over, and you are not the “new kid” anymore.
Dr. Charles Johnson’s book signing and reception after his presentation at Cuyahoga Community College's Western Campus. Photos courtesty of the Integrated Communications Department. JEREMY HOPKINS
West Editor-In-Chief February 11, the West campus of Tri-C held a brief ceremony before introducing the first Social Science presentation of the year. Amit Singh and others from the campus presented Carol S. Franklin with an award, and thanked her for her dedicated years of service to the school and community. Franklin retired from the school in 2012, but continues to teach as an adjunct professor. Franklin earned her Ph.D from the University of Berkeley in California, and then
came to Tri-C, where she has taught and served variously as a professor, faculty head, dean, and associate dean since 1991. Franklin graciously accepted the award, and gave a brief speech of thanks, before turning the podium over. The first speaker of the Dr. Carol S. Franklin Social Science Speaker Series was Charles Johnson. These visits existed before the school named them after Franklin, but the first presentation with her name on the series was definitely a heavyweight, and continued the tradition of excellence and urban community involvement. Johnson offered a fantastic and
insightful view of the impact Martin Luther King, Jr., had on the Civil Rights movement, and why the Civil Rights movement should not be allowed to stop. Selections of the question and answer period with Johnson are available at the Voice’s website (www.cccvoice.com) under the multimedia tab. There are still two speakers coming for the Dr. Carol S. Franklin Social Science Speaker Series: Mary Childers on March 25, and Jud Newborn on April 17. These presentations are open to all students and community members, but ticket reservations are recommended. Contact the Theatre Box Office at 216-987-2438 for further details.
Congratulations Reginald Holmes (East Campus) & Monica Woods (Metro Campus)! Winners of the Spring Semester 2014 Pepsi/Tri-C Dining Services Mountain Bike Giveaway
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Tri-C Men’s Baseball Prepares for Upcoming Season with Strength and Conditioning Team Looks to Pick Up Where They Left Off After a Strong Finish Last Season ROBERT FENBERS
Patrick Eedy, pitcher and outfielder, readies to pitch the ball during training. March 1, it is up to the experienced players to mentor the “new guys” through the sometimes rigorous spring training and beyond. “We got some pretty fast guys, so if we can get them up to their full po-
Rutgers University Offers Class on Beyoncé; West students weigh in. ALEXIS WOHLER
West Sports Reporter Teamwork has always been a key factor to success. It especially helped the Challengers to a co-division title with Lakeland Community College last season. As the players prepare for a new season, they know that getting back into shape is crucial to another successful run. “Were obviously out of shape coming off the winter, we’re busting our butts out here and just getting us in shape and ready for the upcoming season,” Shortstop Casey Roch said. With the first game happening
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Chad Fite, outfielder, at bat during a men’s baseball conditioning training Feb. 16 at the Western Campus. Photos by Bronson Peshlakai tential then we can be a pretty good team,” said First Baseman Mike Kane. In his eighth season as Tri-C head coach, Mark Zofka knows the fundamentals and importance of strength and conditioning and how the results from it carry over to onfield play. For some of the new players if they are not accustomed to a rigorous schedule, spring training with Zofka may be surprisingly tough. “These guys have been working 5-6 days a week, they hit every day,” Zofka said. He tries to work around the boys’ class schedules so they each have hitting sessions, as well as team practices in the evening. Zofka’s motto is pretty simple. “Pressure them during practice, so they play relaxed on the field,” he said. The boys agree Zofka may run a tight ship but his knowledge and understanding of the game is what
prepares them for the season. This is especially true for the newcomers. Austin Deutsch was a freshman last season and knows firsthand how motivating Zofka can be for the new guys. “Well it’s big for them getting adapted to the college game. Zofka is a big motivator and will have the guys out there and playing hard,” says Deutsch, who plays catcher. The Challengers finished with a 23-19 record last season, mostly due to a slow start in the beginning. They will look to start the season off strong, as they open up at the Community College of Baltimore County in Baltimore, Md. on March 1. The team’s first home game is a double header at the Western Campus on March 28 where they will play Lakeland at 4 p.m. For more information on schedules, standings, and scores visit OCCAC.ORG.
A class that is being called “Politicizing Beyoncé” is being offered at Rutgers University in New Jersey. The professor - Kevin Allred - stated that the class isn’t about how many times Beyoncé sang during the president’s inauguration speech or her political views. Rather it is a class about her music and will compare and contrast her music and lyrics to the black feminist movements. Should Beyoncé be a class topic or a class in general? What if TriC looked into having classes with different artists as the focal point? When asked about whether or not the students would be happy if Tri-C would offer a class studying any celebrity, the response was that they would love if the college would offer a class such as that. Some student responses were as follows: Lauren Milligan said, “If I could pick any artists to study, it’d probably someone like Bob Dylan. The class that I’d like to see it offered in would be political science.”
Mike Curry said,” I’d go for Tri-C offering a class that we could study Michael Jackson or Drake and for the genre or section of the class I’d pick Journalism or Social Science. Probably more social science based.” Esther Velez said, “I’d love to have a class where I could study Celine Dion or Bruno Mars. I love both of their styles of music. The genre of class would theatre or drama. They could have a class like that offered as a journalism course as well.” I personally would love to have Tri-C offer a Journalism class to study Celine Dion and Carrie Underwood. We should all think about proposing this idea for Music, Political Science, and even Journalism classes. If classes revolved around famous singers for future students at Tri-C, it would make classes more inviting and enjoyable. Students may not want to take a Political Science, Music, or Journalism class now, but once they see the criteria of that particular class that would get them more excited and interested about it. Who wouldn’t want to take a class revolving around famous artists of today?
Published on Mar 12, 2014