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Minority Male Initiative By Raquel Wilson

There may seem like a lot of networking and resource programs for women at Tri-C, however, the Male Minority Initiative is here to offer a wealth of support for men as well. According to student leadership advisor Mario Crump, the Male Minority Initiative program has been designed for African American, Hispanic and Asian males.

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THORNTON RETIRING The union that represents the professors of Cuyahoga Community College have reached an agreement, and approved, a new contract that begins Aug. 16, 2013, which the union president credits a collegial negotiation with the administration, and President Jerry Sue Thornton, who announced her retirement effective June 30. “That is one of the things that Dr. Thornton and her forward-thinking manner wanted was to make sure this was done, and in a collegial manner, so that her successor will not be faced with a challenge

right out of the box,” said Robert Jaskulski, president of the American Association of University Professors, Tri-C Chapter. “Both the administration and faculty engaged in imaginative and thoughtful discussions around a new system.” The contract also stipulates a 4-percent, across-the-board salary increase for union members on top of a one-time $1,000 cash payment in the first year. Also adding to Thornton’s legacy in her waning days at Tri-C, she will still have a place to call home at Tri-C after her retire-

Doing it Right So you are taking classes here at Cuyahoga Community College as a part of your education? Congratulations! You are a part of almost half of all students in higher education to use a community college within the U.S., according to David Levinson, author of Community Colleges: A Reference Handbook. But what happens when you are not able to attend the classes in person? What if you have a job, or a family, or an irregular schedule due to military or other commitments? That’s when you check out the distance learning options available. Distance learning is not a new concept. In fact, Wikipedia states the earliest

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advertisement for a correspondence course (an early form of distance learning) was in the Boston Gazette in 1728. The growth of correspondence courses prompted the U.S. government to include these initiatives in the Department of Education’s governance. According to the Department of Education, there were over 4 million students taking at least some distance learning classes during the 200708 school years. Here at Cuyahoga Community College, you have an option to attend “traditional” classes in person. You are not limited to these, however. Tri C has

offerings via the Blackboard system for online and hybrid courses, videos and information broadcast via Public Access channels on cable, and even hosts a channel on YouTube. Online only courses, along with hybrid courses which blend online material and in person instruction, have evolved technologically. The technology for these classes is managed by the Digital Resource Commons and OhioLINK, of which Tri C is a member. OhioLINK was possible thanks to efforts from UCAID, the University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development, which

involves public and private partnerships to develop and maintain a nationwide network to support the technology infrastructure that makes online learning possible. One of the people involved in the UCAID project early on is an alumnus of Cuyahoga Community College: Mr. Phillip Lordo. Mr. Lordo took classes at the Western Campus before completing his degree at a four year university, and was in the Liaison role of the National Information Infrastructure (working with UCAID), where he was able to visit Continued on Page 3

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Overcoming a Disappointment By Portia Booker

It is hard to stay positive when life has dumped its negative actions on an individual. One particular individual remained positive throughout a time of misunderstanding, overlooking and even many contradictions. Maria Graciani, a Student Ambassador was affected by the background check policy. She had a crime which dated back sixteen years ago. On November 30, 2012, Graciani took her position back. “I am so happy working with students and answering questions and giving directions.” Graciani is known for going out of her way to help students.

The Voice covered a story earlier on the web regarding the background check issue. Graciani’s story was also covered in the Plain Dealer. In a brief interview, Graciani expressed, “I felt hurt. I had to sleep over it for some time. I let it play over in my head. “ Graciani will graduate from Tri-C this May. She plans to transfer to Cleveland State to do Social Work. Graciani wants to continue to help and work with people. “I wanted to show other felons there is still opportunities out there. Never give up.”


Continued from Page 1 the board of the Tri-C Foundation. Thornton, 66, served as president of TriC for 21 years and is credited for raising tens of millions of dollars for student scholarships when she started the Tri-C Presidential Scholarship Luncheon in her inaugural year at Tri-C. “The biggest thing for us is that she will be one of our directors on the foundation board,” said Gloria Moosmann, vice president for development and TriC scholarship. “It’s a nice transition. She is very excited she will have more time on her hands to volunteer.” Thornton has requested the foundation to not spend any money or resources on celebrations or gifts commemorating her outgoing tenure as president but to keep those resources for student scholarships. In the spirit of her request, the foundation has agreed, and established the Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton Scholarship Fund of the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation, in her honor. “Dr. Thornton certainly was a legendary figure at Tri-C,” Moosmann said. “She’s just been so great in supporting access of education for students. We want to have this scholarship in her name to recognize her leadership.” “I started the presidential scholarship luncheon with my inauguration,” Thornton said. “Instead of an inauguration, we had the first luncheon. If the new president wants, I will be more than happy to participate.” Thornton announced her intent to retire her position to the college board of trustees Jan. 24. Her intent is to retire from her position at the end of her contract which ends June 30, 2013. Board of Trustee David Whitehead will lead a search committee for the next president. The college is expected to hire an executive search firm as well. Whitehead said among other attributes, the committee will be looking for a candidate that has outstanding academic credentials and leadership capability. “We will be looking for someone we feel will be comfortable in this environment. We have a Midwestern environment, but we also have some of the East Coast added into the Cleveland area,”

Whitehead said. “Dr. Thornton was not from Cleveland, but she adapted and did outstanding in her tenure.” He added that Thornton’s tenure here has raised the bar of excellence at the college and he anticipates outstanding candidates to apply for the job. “I think that there is so much talent that the college will have great applicants,” Thornton said. “Their challenge will be to select among the candidates that are interested. They are thinking about the future of the college, and where it wants to go and making the right decision (on a candidate) in terms of the best fit.” Whitehead said he expects to have faculty, staff, and even student input in determining who the next president of the college is. Jaskulski said he will serve on the search committee as a representative of the professor’s union. “I will be looking for a candidate whose primary goal is to maintain academic quality and to not be tempted by expediency,” said Jaskulski about what he is looking for in a new president, not necessarily of what the search committee is looking for as a whole. “Someone who can navigate the extremely difficult waters of higher education at the point between adequate funding levels, and adequate attention to the departments to maintain their depth and quality.” The college has set up a comprehensive Web site at www.tri-c-search. com that gives information about what a candidate can expect about Tri-C, it’s expectations, mission statement and qualifications of the job, and information about the college and its history. Thornton is the longest serving president of the college, of only three presidents since the colleges inception in 1963. The other presidents at Tri-C were: Dr. Charles Chapman, who was appointed president in 1962, and who guided the college’s start-up as it opened; Dr. Nolen Ellison, became president in 1974, and oversaw the opening of the Western and Eastern campuses; and Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton, appointed in 1992, where since then college enrollment expanded more than 40 percent to reach 32,000+ students across four campuses today.

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If Your New Year’s Resolution is To Lose Weight, Read This: So it’s a new year and there are those of you who would like to lose some weight- and you can! Starting a diet can be extremely challenging when you don’t know where or how to start. The help of a gentle hand guiding you along is a new start to a troublesome reality. There are a few things you should get straight first before you trudge ahead towards a healthier and happier you. First, don’t look at weight loss as something of just the surface- beauty is within as well as outward. Think of your body as a lampshade and the glow that emanates from you (the beauty) as the light bulb within. Sure, with the following tips and tricks, the fat will melt away, but that doesn’t give you the confidence and happiness that you visualize in your daydreams of a thinner you. Those things are gained when realizing that it’s not the weight loss that makes you happy or confident- it’s how being healthy makes you feel inside your mind and in your heart. And as far as the word “diet” is concerned, forget that word too. Don’t think of this New Year’s Resolution as being just another diet. Diets are temporary starvation periods where, you’ll lose weight by eating things you don’t like for a short period of time. However, your body will grow tired of this and will make up for it by binging. Binge eating is a period of uncontrollable eating. Once your body is resistant to the diet, it will consume everything in sight in large portions. When the body is craving, indulge but keep in mind, only eat a small helping. Instead of eating ten cookies as a snack, try only three or four. Eliminate the word diet from your life and replace it with healthy eating!

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Courtesy of flickr cc 1. Put a lid on the pop! You need WATER! Take your weight, divide it by two, and that is the amount of ounces of water you should consume each day. Start the day by drinking a 16 oz glass of cold water to shake the tired feeling away. This provides alertness and an active start to the day. 2. Eat Breakfast. If you get into the habit of eating a piece of fruit and a serving of whole grains (Ex: oatmeal is a super food that takes longer to digest) in the morning, you won’t be ravenous by lunchtime. You will most likely eat less as well. Keep your body fed to prevent over eating and fat to store. 3. Think Big, However, Eat Small! Consume smaller meals throughout the day instead of large ones. Your stomach can be trained to eat a lot at once but can also be trained to eat a smaller amount of food and be full. The trick is consistency. (Eat on smaller plates if you have to, to trick your eyes.) 4. Snack on Fruit. Fructose is the sugar that is found in fruit. Believe it or not, eating fructose helps deserts actually taste better when you need to saturate that brownie craving. Tell me it’s not worth it! 5. Get Rich off Fiber. Here are a few fiber-rich foods: green fruits and vegetables, berries, beans, and oats. 6. Don’t Eat 2 Hours Before Bed! If you must eat, eat reduced fat cottage cheese be-

cause it digests slowly and controls appetite. 7. Drink Tea with Honey! The sweetener sucrose and glucose inside honey is already separated for you by the bees. Your body doesn’t have to do that compared to table sugar where they are combined. Also, honey mixed with warm water (tea) helps heal your stomach and is great for digestion. 8. Let’s Move it Every day, Even 10 minutes helps! Exercise is known to burn fat but it actually does more for you mentally. When you exercise your brain lets off the pain relieving hormone endorphins as well as the well-known “happy” hormone serotonin! Exercising also helps rid frustrations and a boost of energy to battle the rest of the day. 9. Sleep 7-8 Hours Each Night. Sleep helps weight loss because it gives your body enough time to repair itself and also, enough sleep each night keeps your hunger in check. 10. Live a Little, Love Most but, Laugh a Lot! Be cheerful that each day takes you closer to your goal of great health and a more beautiful you. Follow these tips and you will see results in as little as a day or two. You won’t feel as sluggish or tired but full of energy! Also, don’t worry, people will notice the change in you and you can then help them! Start today, don’t start tomorrow because tomorrow never comes.

More on the Background Check Policy from Student Government By Felicia Rose The Metro Student Government would like to provide an update on their progress evaluating the background check policy as it relates to student employees. During the Fall semester, Metro Student Government met with both campus and college administration to better understand the rationale behind background check policy and its implementation. As the result a number of changes and improvements are being made to the information provided to work-study applicants. Frequently Asked Questions are being added to the Student Employment Packet and to the College’s employment website. The outdated background check consent form is being removed from Student Employment Packet. Students’ Tri-C email addresses will be used for communication during the application process. It was confirmed that six months after a failed drug screen applicants are able to reapply for a position and if hired repeat the drug screen. The College is currently in the process of reaching out to students who applied for positions in the summer and fall but did not complete the background check and/or drug screen. These students will be notified of the availability of workstudy to them and be informed about the

application process including the background check and drug screen. Through Ohio Public Record Laws, Metro Student Government along with The Voice were able to obtain copies of the Background Check Matrix used during the summer of 2012 to make hiring decisions as well as the current Background Check Matrix. The matrix utilized in the summer was that of the Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. with an effective date of March 21, 2003 titled Applicant Background Verification Policy. The matrix currently used by the College is titled Background Check Decision Matrix revised October 2012. Both documents can be viewed at www.cccvoice. com. Human Resources has confirmed that the current decision matrix allows for a case by case decision regarding background check results. Any student who concerned about an issue in their background is encouraged to speak to the hiring manager for the position and/or human resources to discuss mitigating factors. Metro Student Government members met with Board of Trustee members Dr. Harry Graham and Nadine Feighan in late January. They shared with Trustees Graham and Feighan the work that had been done on the background check


"I truly feel as though we have made tremendous progress in getting our questions answered and improving hiring process."

policy. The Trustees discussed the unintended consequences of the implementation of a college-wide background check policy and indicated they would followup with the other board members and the College administration about the current status of the policy and whether or not the policy should be reviewed. The student government members asked that when the Board of Trustees are discussing changes to policies that they consider how it will affect the student experience and ask if students have had the opportunity to weigh in on the change. As a member of student government, I feel as if much progress has been made since we started working on this issue in September 2012. There have been a number of bumps in the road. One in particular was the initial matrix used by Human Resources; it was from Coca-Cola. In my opinion, the hiring decisions guided by the use of this matrix are not a good fit for making decisions related to workstudy positions in the college environment in particular that of Cuyahoga Community College. Also, at the beginning of this process when we reached out to Human Resources I do not feel as though they had an understanding of why we as

student government even cared about the background check process. Now six months later, I truly feel as though we have made tremendous progress in getting our questions answered and improving hiring process. As more information is made available to use we will continue to share it with the student body. Felicia Rose is Treasurer of Student Government at the Metro Campus.

in providing a real value to it’s students through a mix of community, building academic foundations and accessibility.” How many other alumni have been involved has yet to be counted. Any person who has participated in resources available

at Cuyahoga Community College during the past fifty years is encouraged to share their experiences at the following webpage: http:// aspx. With your help, who knows what the next fifty years will bring?

DO IT RIGHT Continued from Page 1 other universities. In his words, “(o) ne pervasive theme with the different institutions was the future of Brick-andmortar higher education. Electronic communications was becoming more ubiquitous, and learning theory improving

[…]”. He was made aware of a nationwide “reputation for doing community college ‘Right’,” and listened as multiple informal debates pointed out the model Tri C was successfully creating “not just in financially maintaining it’s operations, but

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Nicea Torosian Student Government President 2012-13 216.987.2433 eMail: Hometown: University Heights, OH Age: 42 Majors: Theatre Arts Why did you join Student Government? I wanted to join student government because I wanted to make a difference in other students’ lives. What do you want students to know about you? I am originally from Boston, Mass. I also wanted them to know that I’m always there for them when they need me. How long have you been in office? I’ve been in office for two years. What are your Student Government goals? My goal is to make student materials for their classes affordable, because a lot of the textbooks are very steep. East Student Government meets at 2:30 p.m. every other Thursday in Room 100, East Education Center. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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opportunity. Both Herskovic and Suarez felt comfortable enough with each other to sign up for another semester together. “The reason to take the program is to have a partner to talk to,” said Johana Suarez, ESL student. “She checked pronunciation as we talked about Cleveland. She’s like a friend.” Long lasting relationships have evolved from this program. They meet for lunch or coffee, and may get together for longer periods of time. There are no set topics, but holidays, family and traditions are good topics to start with. Partners are asked not to discuss controversial topics. If students have a preference in partners based on age or gender, those requests are honored. “If a student is not comfortable, they will not learn,” said Kasuboski. If you are interested in a cultural exchange, enjoy meeting new people and would like to help an international student practice English, you are an ideal partner. This is open to native English-speaking faculty, students, staff and administrators. Service hours are able to be obtained at the end of the semester. All participants read and agree to a set of rules. Interested individuals are asked to contact Stephanie Kasuboski at

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Continued from Page 1 campus bookstore,” Crump said. Program manager Terrence Echols develops and heads the program, which currently serves about sixty men. The purpose is to allow minority men to get involved on campus, connect, network, mentor and more. “For students that are participants in an activity on campus, such as visiting their counselor, or visiting a financial aid advisor, they are considered to be a full-participant student,” Echols said. “They have to attend a barbershop roundtable discussion, which occur monthly. We have food, fellowship and sometimes workshop speakers come in to speak to the students. This program is college-wide, and there are student leadership advisors at

Do you love to talk? Are you interested in learning about other cultures? Are you a native Englishspeaker? If you just said yes three times, then Conversation Partners may be the perfect opportunity for you. Conversation Partners is a program that pairs English speakers with English as a Second Language (ESL) students. Students practice using English in a casual setting. Partners meet at the Tri-C Eastern Campus for 30-45 minutes per week, throughout the semester. “This program reinforces the grammar, speaking and listening skills they learn in their classes,” said Stephanie Kasuboski, associate ESL professor. Partners Laura Herskovic and Johana Suarez, enjoyed learning of each other’s culture. “We talked about her growing up in Chile, her husband’s life as a doctor, the weather and my daughter’s upcoming wedding,” said Herskovic, a native English-speaker. Herskovic benefitted from the exposure of learning firsthand of another culture and a delightful getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This past semester was her first experience with Conversation Partners, and she sees it as an interesting activity and a good

metro and the eastern campus.” Echols said participants have to comply with eight activities, four that are mandatory, which include:  have one session with a tutor  have an identifiable mentor  meet with Echols or a student lead ership advisor on a weekly basis Anyone interested in the program can contact Echols at 216-987-4145 or Crump can also be contacted at the eastern campus at 216-322-5901 or by email at The location of the Minority Male Initiative office at the eastern campus is in the student government office in the East Education Center (EEC) Room 109.

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Searching for a job can be a very difficult task, as all too many of us know. Hunting for employment while trying to be a full-time student can seem even more impossible. Have no fear; the Tri-C Career Center will help you find your path. Whether it’s training for an interview, preparing a resume or simply assessing your skills and interests, the program covers it all. In addition, On-Campus Recruiting (OCR) days are held every week to assist students in finding prospective employment, co-ops or internships. Director of Employer Relations, J.T. Neuffer, and his crew of trained career service specialists, staff these events to answer any questions and make you feel comfortable. OCR days are held Tuesday at east, Wednesday at west and Thursday at metro,

Darika Mahone lies on the floor yelling in pain while holding her right knee a little after the five minute mark in the first half of the game playing Owens Community College Feb. 6 in Toledo. The Express trainer suspected it to be an anterior cruciate ligament injury and told Mahone to have a doctor check it. Mahone plays as a starting point-guard for the Lady Challengers. Photo by Bronson Peshlakai

Lady Challenger Darika Mahone Injured Right Knee, Could Be Out Rest of Season By Bronson Peshlakai TOLEDO – Disappointing moments for both Cuyahoga Community College basketball teams when they lost their games playing the Owens Community College Express on Feb. 6. Lady Challengers starting point guard Darika Mahone injured her knee. With just under five minutes left on the clock in the first half, Mahone fell to the floor and was grasping her right leg while yelling out in pain. Mahone was carried off the court and checked by the Express trainer who said it could be an anterior cruciate ligament injury. “I was driving to the hoop and I think that it extended, and I heard it pop,” Mahone said. “Hopefully it’s not as bad as (the

trainer) thinks it is and I’ll be back soon.” Upon seeing Mahone drop to the floor and yelling in agony Head Coach Derrick Williams looked on in grief. “There goes the rest of our season; that’s my best player,” Williams said. “We’re going to try to get thru with (the rest of the season). She was our only point guard. The other guard is a two guard.” The Tri-C Women’s team found it hard to keep up with the points the Owens Community College Express made on their home turf; which is not surprising since the Express has yet to lose a game at home this season. With Mahone out of play, the ladies

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with each running from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Often, the OCR events are based around a specific theme. For example, February 19th through 21st will be internship and co-op week, and from April 2nd through April 4th, the campuses will be a base for US Armed Forces recruiters. On February 20th, the Career Center will host an event at the eastern campus for students interested in the culinary arts, and on April 18th, information technology careers and internships will be featured at the western campus. “We have themes that are tied to each of those on-campus recruiting weeks,” Neuffer said. “We try to target themes based on students’ interests, so it’s like a one-stop shop for employees and students.” In addition to the wealth of services and OCR events offered, the Career Cen-

5 ter’s premiere event is the annual spring job fair. The Golden Pathway to Opportunities will take place this year on March 21st from 1 to 5 p.m. at the eastern campus. Last year, more than 1,000 students and 92 employers attended the spring job fair. “We have a goal of 100 employers this year,” Neuffer said. “We’re really targeting employers that have an existing relationship with the college or employers looking to build a long term relationship with us.” A list of employers attending will be posted in advance in Career Center offices, on campus Job Boards and Hi-Viz screens at all campuses. All events and services are free, but pre-registration is required for most events. Students can conveniently do so and see a full list of upcoming happenings at

had to pull the extra strength to put up a fight against the Express. Colleen Huberty played a strong game bringing in 15 points to the game for Tri-C. She played the most minutes out of anyone on the floor, with 36 minutes, and managed to get seven rebounds, five of those defensive. The Lady Challengers lose 89-42 and now have a 1-5 conference ranking, and 3-13 overall.

“Our kids have a problem following the game plan… They got to be more disciplined."

Men’s Basketball Team Trounced On By Express Shorthanded is the ongoing theme here, as the men’s team battled the Owen’s Express team without their lead points achiever, Josh Reagan. For the second game in a row, Reagan sat on the bench watching the game. Reagan, out of the game after minor surgery to remove a plantar wart on his heel, is expected to back in play perhaps by the next game on Feb. 9, playing Columbus State. The Men’s team, also dealing with an ejected player from two games earlier, had to put on a game face for secondranked Owens in the conference. Head Coach Randy White said his players need to learn more discipline and following instructions from the coaches while in play, and not to depend on Reagan to shoot the shots when he’s on the floor. “Our kids have a problem following the game plan,” White said. “They got to be more disciplined. Basketball is a game of discipline. The problem (with Reagan off the playing floor) somebody’s got to step up. When you got a kid that scores so heavily as Josh everybody depends upon him. They’re not used to stepping up.” Pulling up some of the slack in Reagan’s absence, Conor Mabry pulled off 83 percent of his six free throws, and shot

16 points in the game, which was four more points than star shooter Owens’s James Kelly. “Josh is a beast, man,” Mabry said. “We’re not the same team without him. He gives us 25 points, or more, a night, 10 rebounds; he’s the best player we got. It’s tough without him.” On Feb. 2, with Reagan taking his first game off after his surgery, the men’s team pulled off a win of 75-67 against Sinclair Community College on the road. Reagan currently is ranked third nationally in the Division II National Junior College Athletic Association in average points per game, with 25.6 points. While his team seems to rely on him to make the points, he said his team is the reason why he makes the points. “It’s humbling because my teammates help me out alot. They give me the ball in the right spots making me get easy lay-ups,” Reagan said. “I got to give most of the credit to my coaches and my teammates. They just put me in the right spots and I just put the ball in the hole.” The men’s team lose the game to Owens 74-40 giving them a conference standing of 2-5, and 9-13 overall. Log on to CCCVOICE.COM for a video report on the basketball teams, conference standings, and to see the basketball schedule.

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Stress Relief in Exercising By Casie Em

As college students we tend to lead busy lives. Some of us are parents, fulltime workers, mentors and so much more. As students you understand how stressful life can get sometimes – work, school exams and our personal lives can take a toll on us. So what do you do when you get stressed? Some of us resort to a sweet treat that can take all the trouble away with a mouthful of delight. Others look to comfort from a loved one and for some – they look to relieve stress with exercise. Yoga, pilates, spinning, kickboxing, running and swimming are some of the common form of exercises known to help relieve stress. Exercise and maintaining a wellbalanced diet is so important, yet we find ways to not incorporate it into our lives. Exercising can help your overall health and sense of well-being. It can improve your sleep which stress, depression and anxiety are leading causes in disrupting sleep. Many Tri-C students do not exercise because they aren’t aware of

The Wellness and Fitness Education Center which is located inside the Recreation Center. Though you do have to be enrolled in a Physical Education class to use the Wellness and Fitness Education Center the Recreation Center is available for ALL Tri-C students to use during available hours with your Tri-C student i.d. There’s also a weight room and a swimming pool for you to use in the Rec Center. If you have to use a locker, bring your own lock and lock up your belongings while you take advantage of being on campus especially during the cold winter. Rec Center hours are listed on the Tri-C website along with many other noncredit exercise courses. So if you’re on campus and you have some free time, stop by the Rec Center and work some of the stress and tension off. “In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.” - Lee Iacocca

Is Feminism Still Relevant? Article & Photo by Erin Fischer Feminism is often thought to be something of the past. Since women have gained the right to vote, can work outside the home and have educational opportunities, many people don’t feel that feminism has a place in the 21st century. But, there are also those who still see inequality between men and women. On that side, it is argued that women are over sexualized, objectified and have to take on a “second shift” doing home and childcare while still maintaining a full-time job. So what do Tri-C students have to say about feminism? “I think we still need to make more progress” says one student. “In most jobs, men get paid more than women.” Looking further into her claim, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research says “In 2010, female full-time workers made only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gender wage gap of 23 percent.” Clearly then, there is a discrepancy in pay between men and women. “I’m old school…you’re supposed to open the door, supposed to pull the chair out.” says another student. “The younger kids don’t have that respect (for women).” In today’s society, 1 in 4 women will

experience domestic violence, reports the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. According to surveys conducted by Oxygen Media, 87% of women have experienced street harassment at the hands of a male stranger. These experience lower women’s self esteem, because someone is always picking on you. “I respect women, I respect my mother and to me, if you don’t respect your mother than you can’t respect women.” Another Tri-C student says “I think we have steps that we still need to take… we’re not finished.” A poll done by CBS News finds that 69% of women feel that feminism has made their lives better. 48% of women feel that a strong women’s movement is still needed today, compared to 34% of men. So, while feminism may still be relevant, the radical feminism of the 1970’s may be going overboard. It seems that while there is a consensus among Tri-C students that women are still not fully equal, the rights that women are fighting for today are not as extreme as in the past. Feminism seems to still be relevant, but the issues that are in need of being addressed are quite different.

Practical Applications of Coursework: Finance By Mike Sabeiha

For those of you that have scraped through an accounting class or an economics class at any time during your stay at Tri-C, the reason for your duress may seem obscure. Despite what many believe, a way to apply the skills you learned in a way that will be both mentally stimulating, financially rewarding, and provide you with an interesting topic of discussion. Investment in capital markets seems like a daunting task for the outsider, but once you get a hold of the terminology and understand what to look for, investing will become hobby worth having and possibly a career. To assist you with the notorious first step, this article will assess the value of a company and provide you with basic information and a platform you can use to become a functional independent investor. Among the oldest and one of the first Major American Corporations, Union Pacific Corporation is a railroad holding company that manages tracks covering the western two-thirds of the United States and connecting Mexico directly to Canada, through its subsidiaries. The primary responsibility of Union Pacific is to manage railroad transit and rail related assets indirectly. Union Pacific Railroad Company, which comprises wholly, and partially owned railroads, are Union Pacific’s primary holdings.

The Company ships items of a great and expanding variety, from agricultural products to oil and from iron ore to scrap metal. Its only major competitors are either complementary or private and they number at no greater than three. Two, CSX and Norfolk Southern, operate on the Eastern one-third of the US posing no direct competition. The other, Burlington North Sante Fe (BNSF), is a private company owned by Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway that operates a business nearly identical to Union Pacific. This may seem like a hindrance, it is in effect a great advantage, allowing both companies to conduct business freely whilst avoiding the incredibly costly antitrust suit. With consistent earnings growth and a recently announced company record of a 23% increase, in annual earnings, this stock deserves keen attention. The fundamental valuation is the simplest and most important factor in a prudent investment. To start, Union Pacific, with a market capitalization (the market value of all shares outstanding) of over $60 Billion, has been trading at no less than 15-times its annual earnings coming out of the recession and traded at no less than 10-times its annual earnings in the midst of our generations greatest market crash to date. Along with that, the Company’s stock has been trading at

nearly 3.5-times its tangible book value. Also considering that their service is of paramount importance to our economy and the annual dividend yield of around .50% (more than the average savings account and offers principle appreciation), it is worth continuing our investigation. To summarize, (values as of 1.24.13): Valuations: Price to Earnings: 16.76 The price you pay for $1 of income Price to Tangible Book: 3.26 The price you pay for $1 of physical assets Sales Growth: 15.28% The amount annual sales have increased *this is above average Net Profit Margin: 18.62% Income after all expenses *The more left, the more you receive Cash to Assets: 28.64% Amount of liquid assets held *Most companies barely pass 5% Debt to Capital: 33% The amount of funded debt (bonds) outstanding *Too much of either debt or equity is a bad thing Return on Assets: 8.40% The amount of income for every $1 of assets *Above Average

Given the positive financial position of the company, its increasing annual income, and the quality of its management, it is time to look into technical indicators, which indicate when to buy and sell. This is perhaps the next most important factor in your decision. Since the stock is trading at over three times its tangible book value, we cannot realistically wait for it to fall under its liquidation value. Instead, we will simply wait until the next cyclical fall in its price, which happens quite often. Visit sites such as yahoo! Finance™ and familiarize yourself with navigating their charts and the information provided. If indicators such as the Moving Average Convergence/Divergence, a tool used to depict momentum of prices, along with experienced advice from your financial advisor and at least an hour of homework a week are worth anything, it seems that we are due for a brief market pullback. This would be the perfect time to buy and it is coming soon. Assess your financial situation and determine whether you are capable of investing, then determine the amount that you would like to invest. If, after you have performed your due diligence and met with an experienced professional, you think this is a good buy, as I do, look to take hold of a position in Union Pacific at around $125/share.

Classroom Politics: Should Teachers Endorse a Political Viewpoint? By Lauren Milligan While educated discussions on various political topics ought to be encouraged amongst students, should teachers strive to avoid all involvement? Most of them scrupulously avoid talking about politics, just as they generally avoid discussing religious beliefs in a public school setting. Some teachers may find it difficult to mask opinions on political issues when teaching a class regarding the government. But in order for students to form their own opinions on said issues, both sides must be presented evenly. This may be a challenge for teachers with strong

views, but it is an important part of their job. Being open and honest is OK, but preaching and saying negative things about another other side is not. It is the teachers jobs to provide the facts and let students make their own opinions. Teachers, like everyone else have a right to an opinion and freedom of speech, they are not robots. When teaching government and politics, make it a point to present all sides and play devil's advocate. Post-secondary student Erin Fischer says that “I think that there is nothing wrong with a teacher throwing

in their own opinion AS LONG AS they also give BOTH sides of the argument. I think that a teacher should present the differing perspectives and then let it be known what their take on it is (if they wish to make know their beliefs). I think that in order to create a space of learning and critical thought, a teacher has to be very tolerant and unbiased in explaining an issue. Even if they have an opinion one way, they need to highlight the good and bad points of each. I think that if they can do that (and this is a hard skill to master) then they can


give their opinions out, but I sort of consider that to be prerequisite.” Now, I am not saying a student cannot disagree with a professor nor have interesting experiences to share. In fact, disagreement and discussion is the foundation of knowledge, but there is a way to do it that benefits everyone. Use your head and always feel free to ask pertinent questions. There is nothing wrong with getting along with someone you disagree with. It is the basis of friendship on every level in every relationship. The classroom IS a social relationship.

Happy 50th Anniversary Tri-C! By Sara Liptak

The vast amount of history that Tri-C has is breathtaking. This community college is celebrating its 50 years of success during the 2012-2013 school year, and will continue to further its success for years to come. With the numerous campuses all over Cuyahoga County, the college as a whole will ever expand. From student successes, growing enrollment, diversity around campus, and much more, Tri-C and the students, teachers, faculty and staff have a lot to be thankful for. West reporters will continue to investigate important history aspects of the college.

 50th photo logo edited by Sonya Valantasis. Photos taken by Ray Nelson & Kristie King.

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