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The Unit Works Out

Terry Perdue, founder of The Unit, was honored at the WHIO Making a Difference Awards on Thursday, Aug. 21 for the work the group has done in the Dayton community.

The Unit was founded in 2009 by Perdue and started as a group of around 12 people coming together to workout. Later the group began to help out around the community with many different projects and organizations. Perdue said the group just evolved.
“The group is not just about working out, it’s about building and re-building the community,”
Perdue said.

Perdue graduated with a Liberal Arts degree from Sinclair Community College in 2009, and then continued at Wilberforce University and the Dayton Police Academy becoming a Dayton Police officer. Growing up in Dayton is what gave Perdue the drive to create a group like The Unit.

The Unit has worked with organizations such as, Habitat for Humanity, Toys for Tots, the Victory Project and the Montgomery County Humane Society. The group has also participated in community efforts like the Olive Hill community initiative to reduce gun violence, food banks and a neighborhood cleanup.
“The point of the group is to build relationships in the city of Dayton,” Perdue said. “Our vision statement is improving self improving community.”

The Unit holds to three core values, hard work and dedication, improving self, improving community and supporting and realizing the potential in everyone. These core values were evident at one of the group’s weekly work out sessions. Members were eager to cheer on one another while screaming “hard work dedication.”

The Unit welcomes everyone and embraces diversity. There are members as young as 13 years old, all the way to 65 years old according to Sinclair student and Unit trainer Maksym Gerasimov. Gerasimov became a Unit trainer approximately three months ago.

“I don’t in any sense feel special; I am an ordinary person that the Unit sees a potential in. I have been fortunate to lead the Unit work out sessions, meet amazing, diverse and very supportive people, and be able to sweat with them side by side,” Gerasimov said. “I have been given a chance to make a difference in people’s lives, and that is the best opportunity I have had in my life.”

Gerasimov, Ohio Student of the Year, enjoys his work with The Unit and inspiring others. He feels best when he can connect to humanity, kindness and compassion to raise the standards of The Unit. It is a feeling of making your soul happy. You know you did a great thing after you felt very happy inside, and you feel like the entire world is at peace”, Gerasimov said.

Since the beginning of The Unit, where only around 12 people participated, the group has now grown to anywhere from 80 – 120 participants each week. There have been an estimated 3000 people who have attended the group’s workout classes since 2009.

Perdue feels there is a rich history in the Dayton area and much work to be done. Investing in the youth and showcasing the positive things happening around the city is all a part of what The Unit does. Perdue is searching for those individuals with new ideas that want to invest in the city of Dayton.

“If you’re looking for a way to give back to your city, looking for a way to serve or looking for a way to meet people The Unit is an awesome place to start,” Perdue said.

The Unit works out at RiverScape MetroPark on Monday and Wednesday nights from 6:00 p.m. till 7:30 p.m., and Saturday’s from 9:00 a.m. till 10:30 a.m.

Sinclair Job Fair

Sinclair Community College is holding annul student job fair to encourage students to network with different departments to benefit their future.
The annual fall student job fair gives students a chance to apply for employment possibilities on campus, while giving them an opportunity to sell themselves, according to Tanya Grant, Sinclair coordinator of career services. The event will be held in the basement of Building 8, Thursday, August 28 at 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Grant believes it’s important to come with a resume, as well as being dressed professionally. She said students will be presenting themselves and communicating with multiple departments, so it’s important to be prepared.
“Come correct, come polished and come confident,” Grant said. “You’re marketing you.”
The job fair is about exploring areas of interest, and taking advantage of opportunities. This will expose students to more departments, clubs and associations. Students can either apply for Federal Work Study Funding to see if they are eligible to receive Federal aid, or they can be paid with the funds from the department.

Grant suggests even if a department has a low budget, they might be able to create another work opportunity for students, if they receive
funding. She said students are required to carry six credit hours per semester, as well as, maintaining a 2.0 GPA or higher. If you ask Grant what the most important aspect of being employed at Sinclair is, she would say experience and exposure. “Use the opportunities here to practice like crazy,” Grant said. Sinclair provides hands on experience in different departments for students to put their best foot forward once they are graduated. Grant said all the departments emphasize opportunities for students so that they can
communicate their talent to companies. “This allows students
to earn money, to obtain experience and to be better prepared,” Grant said. Another aspect Grant believes is important is networking. This gives students a chance to meet people and
to market themselves. “The more people know about you, the more they’ll propel you,” Grant said. “It’s not always what you know,
but who you know.” She said the more work ethic you develop and the more value you are to a department, the better your chances are to landing the job of your choice. Grant believes that each student is a tool, and what you present is the product. In the big scheme of
things, businesses look at the students who took the time to
work in college. This prepares students for what’s ahead
in the future. Grant said it’s important to be able to multitask
in college to show future employers that you’re able to
handle multiple things being thrown at you. Grant believes the job fair is a big plus for all students. It’s about learning value, work
and ethics. The more exposure you have in a field, the
more experience you’ll have after graduation. She suggests
taking this opportunity to create a future for yourself.
“The more you give of yourself, the more people give
you,” Grant said.

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Tyler Mackey Introduction

Tyler Mackey is in his fourth year here at Sinclair studying Fine Arts. He discovered his passion for art while in high school. He had aspired to become a film director, but after discovering that he could create his own universe through his art he changed his mind.
“I like creating my own little worlds,” Mackey said. Traveling the world is something Mackey says he dreams of doing after graduation. He wants to become an illustrator, writing and drawing his own stories. He is expected to graduate in the spring of 2015, but until then he will work with the Clarion creating “little worlds” for his running cartoon. The Clarion is happy to be able to feature such talent!

Dear Gabby 8-19-14

Dear Gabby,

Being a 20 year old college student, trying to
make a difference, I’m at a moment in my life, where
relationships are very important. However, I’m also at a moment in time where these relationships have me completely confused about what I want for my life. I have been dating the most wonderful guy I have ever met for about six months, but I had only known him for a month beforehand. I also have a very close male friend who has been my support and my rock for about two years. He has helped me to grow as a person and helped me develop my purpose in life. I have just realized how close we are and how supportive he is of me as we were discussing my current relationship
and how proud he was of me. However, when he gave me a reassuring hug after a long talk, I felt my heart start beating faster and I realized I may have feelings for him! Could this
just be a false alarm due to how close we are? Or is my
relationship in jeopardy?
Sincerely,

Young and confused

 

Dear Young and confused,

Relationships can be tricky. I seem to find that after five months, things get stale and the excitement of a new relationship starts to dwindle. However, this is a moment that
might be beneficial to take some time and put down on paper what is important to you in a relationship. You’ve built a strong sense of closeness with your male friend, so its only
natural to feel confused about the emotions. On the other hand, your boyfriend sounds as if he has proved himself worthy. Six months is still the beginning of a relationship. Focus on improving your friendship within the relationship,
since you only had a month of getting to know each other.
My advice to you is to have an honest talk with yourself. The gut feeling you get is usually the best answer to your problem. Maybe the answer is to not get so caught up in figuring things out immediately. Let things simmer and give
yourself time to realize the true feelings you have with both men. As cliché as it may sound, listen to your heart. I feel as if you do things through love, meaning, loving yourself enough
to trust your inner feelings, you can do no wrong. Wishing you the best,

Gabby

 

Dear Gabby,

I am a young woman working and attending classes at Sinclair. I am trying to make my presence
known in the business world, and dress appropriately for a young professional. However, I have recently stopped wearing makeup because I don’t feel the need to hide my skin
anymore, and want people to see me as I am. I also stopped wearing high heels because of the health implications
and pointlessness of them. Although, I am still able to look professional, I am worried that people will not take me seriously, simply because I do not fit stereotypical image. How can I help people to look past my appearance and
focus on my character?

Professional Young
Woman

Dear Professional Young
Woman,

Unfortunately, the world stumbles over stereotypical images, especially the image of women. It’s a constant battle between
looking professional, but not over-the-top. Of course
anything related to work and business requires everyone to dress for their profession, however, I think we have crossed the line for what people think is necessary to look serious
for your job. I believe it’s important to be comfortable, but confident. As frustrating as it may be, dressing to impress plays a big role in the business world. Our mind processes
physical appearance first, so it’s important to portray
the professionalism on the outside. My advice to you
is to definitely stay true to your personal style, but
remember, your profession is all about image.

Stay stylish,
Gabby

For advice, contact clarion@
sinclair.edu with the subject
“Dear Gabby”.

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First Year Stress Managment

College is an emotional rollercoaster and if students
aren’t aware of the mental and physical force that is
included, it could be a wild ride. Some college students
take on multiple responsibilities, along with this monster we like to call, stress. College success doesn’t just mean passing
grades and graduating, it’s much more than that. The stress of a college student includes maintaining study habits, making choices about alcohol and partying, living up to academic
standards and learning how to survive on their own. Every student has their own way of dealing with the stress of college. For some it’s about finding a quiet place to relax, for others it’s about exercising or enjoying nature. For Nic Bowen, Sinclair student, it’s about caffeine. “Abusive levels of caffeine and cycling to school always helps me,” Bowen said.
There’s no way to completely avoid stress, but it’s important to find certain ways to cope and manage your life in a way
that benefits you. Balancing social events and academics
can be a challenge. Huffington Post writer, Kayla Hedman, states it’s important to prioritize. “If you start studying
without a plan, you are likely to focus on the wrong
material or get distracted. Plan how to allocate your time and what to study,” Hedman said. Hedman states freeing your mind is so important. Stress has a way of disconnecting students with values and family. By staying connected with people who support you, goals are more attainable. As cheesy as it sounds, it’s about staying grounded and happy. For Sinclair student, Jessica Thi Mai, the most important thing about easing her stress is finding relaxation. She believes
focusing on hobbies and activities outside of school can be helpful to relieve stress. “Dancing and painting helps free my mind,” Jessica Thi Mai, Sinclair student, said. Stress management expert, Elizabeth Scott, believes organization is the most essential. She suggests finding a quiet place to focus
is key. When planning a schedule, overestimate your study time. This allows you to plan your social activities around your homework. Scott says one of the best ways to alleviate stress is to exercise regularly and skip the tempting junk food.
“Healthy food and adequate sleep are a priority, many college students skimp on both, and forget to take care of their bodies,” Scott said. This time is perfect to explore the possibilities of stress relievers. Once you have your strategies, not only will college life be a much smoother ride, but it will also help you deal with upcoming life experiences.
Whether you choose to focus on prioritizing or to
explore new hobbies, these personal stress relievers
can provide you with a new peace of mind during the
school year.