harvest day

Embrace all things autumn by attending the Campus Activity Board’s (CAB) Harvest Day event. “We’re ready to celebrate the theme of October,” said Mar’Shell Crosby, Sinclair student. The event will be held in Building 8 on Thursday, Oct. 30 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Crosby said not everyone celebrates Halloween or  other holidays in October, so CAB decided to create an event that aims toward fall activities. So everyone is invited to partake in the activities scheduled for the day. There will be relay races, musical
chairs, a minute to win it game and line dancing, as well as pizza, apple cider and surprise treats. In order to sign up for the relay race, students must come in teams of three. The deadline is October 29,  and students can sign up at the CAB office in Building 8 room 025. Not only are students welcome to attend, but children from Building
9’s early childhood education center are also invited to join the fun. “We’ll have musical chairs for the students and a leaf walk for the  toddlers,” Crosby said. “It’s really cute.” Crosby said this is the first  year they are hosting this event, and they hope to have a really good turn out. “We hope to have at least 50 to 100 people attend. It’s for  students to come and celebrate the theme of October, and to enjoy themselves,” Crosby said.

new players join basketball team

Sinclair Community College has announced the 2014-15 Men’s Basketball schedule. Sinclair is coming off a 21-9 record, its fifth 20  plus win season in the last seven years, and the third seed in the   NJCA A District Tournament. The Pride spent eleven weeks during  the 2013-14 season ranked in the Top 20 of the NJCA A Division II  Men’s Basketball Polls topping out with a three week stint as the  fourth ranked team in the nation. This year, Sinclair will play 16  home contests with a number of very challenging road games, both
non-conference and conference. An early season match up on November 28, against Region XII powerhouse Mott CC lurks
just eight games into this year’s schedule as Sinclair travels to
Flint, Michigan for the annual showdown. The Bears have four National Championships over the last 12 years, and finished the 2013-14 season 25-6. Another highlight of the non-conference schedule will come early in December as Sinclair travels to Chapel Hill to take on the University of North Carolina JV Tar Heels in the  Dean Smith Center on December 7. At the last meeting, Sinclair   knocked off the Tar Heels by 2 to take a 2-1 lead in the series.  Playing in one of the top Junior College Conferences in the nation,  the OCCAC (Ohio Community College Athletic Conference) had  four out of the seven institutions ranked in the Top 20 last season.   The OCCAC stands as one of the toughest Districts to get out of to  advance to the NJCA A Division II Sweet 16 National Tournament. This year, the Sinclair Men’s basketball team recruited new players  and also brought in a whole different group of men to the team, with five returning players and nine new players. One new recruit the  Tartan’s did welcome is freshman, Michael Tillman, former graduate  from Richmond High School in Richmond, Indiana. Tillman led the  Red Devils to an impressive 22-3 record as they won the North Central Conference (6-0) and the State 4A Sectional Championship before losing in the Sweet 16. As a starter his senior year, Michael was named team captain, and earned the team MVP award. He was  Richmond’s leading scorer at 14.8 points per game, as well as the  team’s best 3pt shooter knocking down 45.9 percent of his attempts  from behind the arc. In addition to being named team MVP, he was  also named to the Palladium-Item Newspaper, All-Area Player of the Year. Tillman was named to the North Central Conference first team  and Honorable Mention All-State for 4A Indiana. During his two  years on varsity, Richmond won 37 ball games against only 11 losses  with one conference championship, and a sweet 16 appearance in  the state tournament. “I love the game of basketball, everything I do  is for my family,” Tillman said. “I really hope this season is a great   season for me, knowing that I am one of the youngest players, and not only am I young, but I am playing with older guys. This makes me want to better myself and prove to everyone more of what I can do,” Tillman said. On October 12, 2014 our men basketball team took  their first preseason games to Owens Community College, where  they faced three different teams. Our men were able to manage the pressure on and off the court. With different talented players,   Coach Price was able to manage his talented group of men. “It was a  great way to see what all we need to improve on as a team and  individuals. We saw our weaknesses and also our strengths,” Tillman  said.

more than just words: american sign language program

Sinclair students graduating from the American sign Language program have many avenues to utilize what they have learned.
Phyllis Adams is the chair of the Early Childhood Education  department, as well as the American Sign Language Program. She talked about how student from different majors are able to take beginner, intermediate or advanced classes, and are able to receive the foreign language credit they need to graduate. “Sometimes there are students from four year colleges and universities that come to  Sinclair and take it for their foreign language credit,” Adams said. There will be students in another discipline (Education, Nursing or Social Work) or they may know they’re going to come into some kind of contact with deaf individuals at work, so they’ll take sign language
course to make them more marketable,” said Adams, as she talked about students with different majors taking ASL as an elective.
She also mentioned that the students, who are ASL majors, have to take a practicum. A practicum is the capstone for the ASL majors, who have go to a K-12 setting (which is mandatory), where they’ll
have to interpret a theatrical production, a Sinclair talks event or something similar. The practicum lasts a year, and once done, they
graduate. Students have to go through the Ohio Board of Education to make sure they completed the course in a classroom setting, the
graduate has worked with deaf children. They must know the protocols and the roles of the interpreter, along with attending at least one class setting with a deaf student. The interpreter would sit in on doctors’ appointments, Alcoholic Anonymous meetings,  counseling appointment, as well as other meetings. You also get the opportunity to travel around the world and become an interpreter for a deaf person that speaks another language. The language is whatever the native language is for that country, so the interpreter would have to learn another language; signing is not a universal language. No matter what a students major is, they are always  welcome to go to the ASL lab, which is located in Building 9 room  222. There are deaf employees there, as well as an interpreter  willing to help students. Many times students will role-play with   another ASL student, and an actual deaf student. In the scenarios one student will play the interpreter, the other ASL student will play  the role of the doctor, business person, counselor, etc. and the deaf person will play themselves. Once the scene is finished, the student  would get constructive criticism back that was due to them, and  would get the opportunity to correct their mistakes. “I enrolled into  ASL because I was very comfortable and familiar with sign language.  My mother is deaf so therefore I was taught sign language before I could speak,” said Andrea Rankin, 28, a hearing student that was in  the ASL program. She decided to join the program so that she could communicate with her mother better. “Growing up with my mother being deaf wasn’t much of a challenge for me due to my  understanding of the culture she was used to, but once I had   children it was abnormal for them to understand why she sounded  like she was speaking a different language,” she said. Rankin said that  rowing up was frustrating at times. “I recall being embarrassed as a teen introducing her to my boyfriends, afraid they would pass judgment, but later I began not to care,” she said. “I never get  frustrated with her because for the most part I know her so well. When she asks something or needs help explaining something, I  know already what it is she wants,” Rankin said. Being a certified ASL interpreter, the employment opportunities vary in areas such as  education, medical, legal, theatrical, governmental and religious interpreting. ASL majors aren’t the only ones who can use the lab,  students of all majors can feel free to stop by and learn. For more  information, visit sinclair.edu/explore/sign-language.

Dear Gabby

Dear Gabby,
I am a single mother of two, work full time and I am a part time  student here at Sinclair. Even though I have decided what I want to do career wise, I find that I am lacking motivation. I get distracted by thinking about how much schooling and how many more years of  school I have left until I am able to get to where I want to be. I start
thinking about the chunk of time school takes away from spending time with my children and my social life in general. What advice would you give students who are struggling to stay motivated in school when they worry that time is passing them by?
Dear Frustrated,
This is something I experience in my own life. That thought of  wasting time is always in the back of my mind, but then I had an epiphany and thought, if I stop now and lose my motivation, then I will never get to where I want to be. I think it’s important to stay focused on the future and your goals, but you also have a view of what’s right in front of you. You can’t focus on your dreams if you don’t have a clear plan on what you need to accomplish. In the end, this work will pay off and it’ll be so rewarding. Personally, I have a lot of things I am trying to accomplish and it becomes overwhelming, which I am sure you can relate to. But just know that either
way the time will pass by so you might as well stick to the plan, and stay focused. Earl Nightingale once said, “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” My advice to you would be to write out your goals, so you have them visually presented to you. I have motivational quotes and goals that I want to accomplish in my planner to keep me on
track. Always know that your two kids will also appreciate the hard work you are doing to better your life, and theirs as well. Don’t forget, Sinclair also offers counseling services for students to help with personal and academic obstacles. Visit their office in Building 10 room 424 for free counseling services.
Stay dedicated,


In continuation of this month’s “spooktacular” stories of hauntings all across Sinclair Community College, this week ’s story brings to light hauntings all across the entire Miami Valley, with some locations that some of you readers were aware of and others that
may send chills down your spine.

Victoria Theater, located in Downtown Dayton, is a famous performance arts building that has been open since 1866. Surviving such disasters such as two fires, one just three years after it’s opening, the great Dayton flood of 1913, and almost being torn down in 1967, the building has stood the test of time.

Throughout its many changes, two or possibly three guest of the paranormal kind have always been a mainstay with the theater.
One ghost, named Lucille, may not exactly be a ghost but the  manifestation of her emotions from an incident that took place in the theater. Other sources have said that Lucille lived a long life
but after dying, her ghost returned to the site of her most traumatic experience.

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Trash on Campus

The fall semester rush is beginning to wind down, just as trash and litter on campus is beginning to pick up.

Graeme Crothall & Associates (GCA) Service Group is the contracted cleaning company responsible for keeping Sinclair’s campus at its best.

Adrienne Dates, the first shift supervisor of GCA, said she believes campus is pretty clean, but students can do better at throwing their trash away.

After working for GCA for four years, come January, Dates said the first few weeks of the new school year is always the worst.
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