Fall Harvest Traditions

Fall officially begins September 21, the leaves will start to change as people switch out dresses and shorts for hoodies and jeans. There are many activities to experience during the cool down of fall.

Pumkin chunkin

This odd fall favorite started back in 1986. The event was started when a few guys became bored and decided to create the game to see who could launch a pumpkin the furthest. Over the years the event has grown and now has a world championship. For information on the event visit


The changing of leaves brings the growth of spring and summer to a close. The greater Dayton area has a bounty of places to hike and enjoy the changing colors of leaves and the cool crisp fall air. A few staff favorites are John Bryan state park, Indian Mound Reserve, Glen Helen and Charleston Falls.

For information on state parks with hiking trails in Ohio visit

Seasonal foods

Pumpkin everything, do I need to explain more? Ok, I will pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins and the list of pumpkin infused foods goes on. Another seasonal favorite is apple cider. The many seasonal foods of fall will give you options all season long.

Corn mazes

Wandering through a maze made of corn, Yes please. There are many places around Dayton that offer this childhood favorite of getting lost for hours inside a maize of corn. For information regarding locations visit

Haunted houses

As Halloween rolls closer the haunted season begins.
The Dayton area is host to an abundance of ghoul’s ghost’s zombies and vampires. Kings Island, the Middletown haunted trail, Jaycees, and the valley haunted trail are a few of the many haunted attractions in the area.


Building 13 Art Gallery

Building 13 houses three art galleries that feature professional and faculty artwork, throughout the year, as well as exhibiting student’s creations.

Professional artists from all over the nation send their proposals to Sinclair to exhibit their work.

Pat McClelland, gallery coordinator, said the committee reviews over 100 proposals, and must choose only 12 to showcase throughout the year.

“We’re looking for artist that have eclectic taste,” McClelland said.

The show changes every four to six weeks, to introduce new art.

“Every month we have new work coming in,” McClelland said.

He said some of the professionals also teach at Sinclair. This gives an opportunity for students to see artwork that is produced by their professors.

“It allows students to see what their instructors do, and how it com- pares with what they say in class,” McClelland said.

George Hageman is the first featured artist. He is an art professor at Sinclair, along with being a professional artist.

“I love art and I love teaching,” Hageman said. “I thought this would be a great way to earn a living.”

Hageman’s favorite medium is oil painting, but he works with all different mediums of art.

“I also love drawing very much, as you can see in the show,” Hageman said. “Sinclair is my last big show, to show the different mediums.”

McClelland said art can be enriching and challenging.
It presents life in a creative process. He said many teachers from classes, outside of art, encourage their students to go and write responses about the artwork. Art changes your view on life. Hageman said other artists inspire him in his artwork, and life.

“George Inness, American landscape painter, is my favorite artist,” Hageman said.

The exhibitions aren’t limited to just faculty and professional artists, students also get an opportunity to showcase their work twice a year in the galleries.

“Artists are the ones who think outside the box,” McClelland said.

McClelland mentioned how things are transitioning from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math). McClelland said artists advance technology. He encourages everyone to take an art class, whether it’s an art history class, or a sculpting class.

“You don’t have to be an artist to take an art class,” McClelland said. “Art allows you to view the world differently.”

Hageman said all students should follow their passion.

“Work hard, love what you do and you’ll be successful,” Hageman said.

Dear Gabby Week of September 9th

Dear Gabby,

I’m a second year student and I feel like I’m going to be attending Sinclair Community College a bit longer than the supposed time of two years. I am ok with this but my parents are putting pres- sure on me to be done at the expected time so I can move on to a university. I don’t want to disappoint them but I just can’t live up to their expectations and be done so quickly. What can I do?



Dear Expectation,

It’s completely normal
to feel this, but remember college is a process that will be worth the time in the long run. One good thing is college doesn’t have an expiration date. It doesn’t matter when you graduate, it just matters that you received your diploma. Don’t rush yourself. Remember, college is a journey that leads you into the next chapter of your life. My advice to you is to stay focused on completion, no matter how long it takes you. Ultimately, it’s your life. As long as you’re doing your best and getting good grades, I think the time is irrelevant. You’ll always have pressure from your parents, mainly because they want what’s best, but don’t let that discourage you. If you show them that you’re serious about college, they’ll notice and realize you’re trying your hardest to stay focused on completing school.

Take it easy,



Dear Gabby,

I was never much of a partier in high school so naturally after graduation I lost touch with most of my friends who party a lot. I go when I can, but I am a full time student and I work two jobs. I feel as though liked by many people, but I’m having a hard time get- ting invited to things. Most nights I even see pictures posted of their fun nights and it makes it really hard to stay positive. Now that I’m in college I would love nothing more than to meet people like myself. What can I do to make friends at a community college? I am trying to stay positive, but my patience is dwindling with the more days that go by. I have already addressed the problem of not getting invited to things to my best friend but nothing seems to have changed. What else can I do to get more involved with them, besides try and meet new people?


Little Ms. Lonely


Dear Little Ms. Lonely,

It sounds like you are very goal oriented. This is where things get tricky because
a lot of students may not have as much responsibility as you do. Don’t be hard on yourself because you are focused on your future. Our college years get complicated because we are still young and wanting to have nights where we can hang with friends, but at the same time we’re paving the road ahead. I know it may hurt your feelings because you are being left out, but in the end, you’re benefiting yourself by focusing on your jobs and school. Personally, I have experienced this. The best advice I can give you is to schedule “get-togethers” ahead of time. This way you’ll be able to work around your schedule, and still give yourself some moments to hang out. Maybe find a day that works with your agenda and then take initiative to schedule a time with your friends. This will show that you’re willing to put in effort for your friendship. I know you’re wanting to stay involved with your current friends now, but consider checking out the clubs here at Sinclair. This is a
way to find friends that have common interests with you, as well as staying involved with things happening on campus. Visit www.sinclair. edu/organizations for more information. I guarantee if you keep focusing on yourself and keep building a strong foundation of work ethics, it will give you an edge on everyone else. Don’t get discouraged. I hope you will create a stronger bond with your friends, and possibly meet more people on campus.

Stay you, Gabby


Sinclair’s 2014 Women’s Volleyball Team

Sinclair Community College women’s volleyball team Coach K.C. Gan has been known for his amazing coaching skills for our Lady Tartans, Coach Gan has been the head coach for the women’s volleyball team since 1999, this will be his 16 season with the women’s volleyball team. Coach Gan isn’t just a coach, he has also been a player himself. In 1968- 1969 Gan was named captain from Muar High School, in Malaysia. In 1981 -1986 he played for the USA open tournament. 2000- 2005 Gan was part of the USA Senior Olympic tournaments. Coach Gan had many other playing experiences. Unlike most, Coach Gan had never pictured himself coaching for a women’s college team. He soon changed his mind after helping his daughter with a one on one session, which he still does with many other players. “Coaching is my passion, I’ve always wanted to coach. I love coaching” said Coach Gan.

Coach Gan’s objective this season is not only to improve with his record from last year but also to bring this years team to play at a higher level. “Hopefully I see some great improvement by the end of this season, the great part about this new team is that they are all coachable” Said Coach Gan. When asked what his struggles were with last years teams, Coach Gan responded,“ Last year team

wasn’t a struggle for me but my main trouble was coaching a with a two time All American, because it’s hard to coach a team with a superstar,” Gan said. “Not everyone was able to meet up to her potential. This year team is much easier than last year, everyone is at the same level and willing to teach each other without one player being better than the other.

The women’s volleyball team has seven new
freshmen players, Samantha Armantrout, Meslissa Mireles, Stephanie Anderson, Erica Cole, Emily Ostendorf, Krystal Falknor, and Kendra Vanover, along with five returning players Carly Butler, Elizabeth Collins, Rebecca Moyer, Tiffany Jordan and Claire MccGowan. Gan said “All these players are very capable to become leaders.”

“I want to see leadership this year I’m not sure from whom will this leadership will come from but hopefully one of my returning players show out for me this year” said Coach Gan.

The lady Tartans started off their season with their first home game vs. Vincennes University, with a strong start, strong with hits from left to right and great back and forth matches, the ladies were able to end the night with a one game victory. From the looks of it this will be a great season for our girls.

Keep an eye out for the upcoming Sport Section filled with articles written by our newly promoted Sports Editor, Afi Ntontolo

Blood Drive

Sinclair is holding their sixth blood drive with the Community Blood Center on September 17 between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Phi Theta Kappa is sponsoring the event which will be held in the library loggia. If you want to donate and help save lives, you must go to to register. Once registered, you must enter the donor drive code 177. Not only are you helping save a few lives, you also get a free t-shirt upon registration.
As long as they have not reached their 40 people max, walk-ups are welcomed. To help celebrate the Community Blood Drives fiftieth year anniversary, they will be giving away a Chevrolet Cruze to one lucky donor. All you have to do in order to be eligible is to register, donate and be at
least 18 years of age .

“The Community Blood Center has served the health care needs of the Dayton area for over 40 years, and Sinclair Community College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society is proud that we’ve been a part of this for the last 6 years by sponsoring blood drives on campus,” Phi Theta Kappa Faculty Advisor, Rocky Belchersaid.

” We look forward to continuing to sponsor blood drives on Sinclair’s campus this year and for many years to come,” Belcher said.

The whole process of donating blood from start to finish for the donor takes between 30 and 45 minutes. The donor will receive snacks to help increase their blood sugar. Once the blood is drawn, it is tested to make sure the donor had nothing harmful that could be transmitted to the patient receiving the blood.

Requirements to be able to donate are you must be able to provide a photo ID that includes their full name. Past CBC donors are also asked to bring their CBC donor ID card. Donors must be at least 16 years of age (16 years old with parental consent form, available at www. They must also weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good physical health.

The Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services is an independent, not-for- profit organization. Community Blood Center provides blood products to 24 hospitals within a 15-county service area in the Miami and Whitewater Valleys.