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Now's the Time to Take Advantage of Those Hot Student Discounts in Cleveland 

Whether you're living on ramen or going hog-wild with daddy's credit card, all students should absolutely take advantage of the college-specific discounts in Cleveland. Grab your student ID, a couple of drinking buddies (unless you're under 21, of course) and check out these educational yet inspiring experiences. You won't be a student forever ... hopefully. 

Arts:

Great Lakes Theater

1501 Euclid Ave., Suite 300 greatlakestheater.org

Through December, the theater is presenting The Music Man, Julius Caesar and, as always, A Christmas Carol. Students can get deeply discounted tickets for $13, except for the theater's bread and butter, A Christmas Carol, which is still $26 a ticket.

The Cleveland Orchestra

11001 Euclid Ave. clevelandorchestra.com

Join the Cleveland Orchestra's Student Advantage program and most shows (at Severance Hall, Blossom Music Center or otherwise) are just $15 a ticket. That means you can experience one of the best orchestras on the planet for basically the same price as an actually good cheese pizza.

Cleveland Play House

1407 Euclid Ave.

clevelandplayhouse.com

Students under 25 can pick up tickets at Cleveland Play House for as little as $15; Cleveland State University students can grab tickets for as low as $6. However, CSU tickets can only be purchased 90 minutes prior to the evening's performance. Appearing on the stage through December are Into the Breeches!, Pipeline, Every Brilliant Thing and A Christmas Story. 

Extra Credit:

Cleveland Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland

These artsy eastside institutions offer free admission, our favorite price of all. 

Learn Something:

Cleveland Museum of Natural History 1 Wade Oval Dr., cmnh.org

Students can see monkeys and dinosaurs and the stars for just $14 at this museum. Sure, that's only a $3 discount, but better than nothing.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

1100 Rock and Roll Blvd.,

rockhall.com

College students only have to pay $24 to get in to see Michael Jackson's glove, a $2 discount off of general admission. However, all Cleveland residents (with valid ID) can currently get into the museum for free. Northeast Ohio residents, with 440-443 area codes, can roll in for just $21.  

Great Lakes Science Center

601 Erieside Ave. greatscience.com

The center's motto is "Stay curious." And while the stop only offers a $1 discount to students, we know that kid part of you wants to check out the included NASA Glenn Visitor Center.

Technology:

Technology companies are mostly out to bleed the world of money, but when it comes to students, some take pity. Adobe Creative Cloud offers discounts of up to 60 percent to students, and Windows computer users can get Microsoft Office for free. Amazon wants student business so badly they're offering Amazon Prime for free for the first six months. Basically before purchasing anything technological, check to see if there's a discount.

Movie Theaters:

You probably already knew this from all those hot dates in high school, but movie theaters do offer student discounts. Depending on the location you choose, Regal and AMC theaters cost around $10 for college kids. And the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque's screenings are only $7 for anyone under 25.

— Laura Morrison

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QUEER ON CAMPUS: A RESOURCE GUIDE

Being queer in college can be a totally different experience than being queer in high school. Young LGBTQ people face considerable risks compared to their heterosexual, cisgender peers. In general, high schoolers who identify as LGB are nearly five times as likely to attempt suicide as straight students, reports the National Alliance on Mental Illness. And while LGBT people are more likely to complete high school and some college than those who are not LGBT, queer folks are less likely to earn a bachelor's degree or obtain a post-graduate degree, according to a Gallup Daily Tracking survey. 

Luckily, resources are available to people of all ages, on college campuses and in surrounding communities. Allow this list to be a starting point for you; it isn't comprehensive.

College Resources

Maybe you came from a high school that didn't offer many resources. Maybe you waited until college to come out. Maybe you are facing conflicts with family, or maybe you just need some extra support during college. Regardless, your school can often help you. Many Ohio colleges ranked high on the Campus Pride Index last year, which is determined based on factors such as policy, academics, housing, safety, health, recruitment, retention and more.

Cleveland State University 

Campus Pride Index: Information unavailable

Center: LGBTQ+ Center, located in Berkman Hall Room 211, lgbtq@csuohio.edu.

Student Organizations: 

Queer Student Alliance (QSA)

Friends of Pride

Highlights: 

Fourteen gender neutral restrooms on campus.

Support groups such as LGBTQIA Student Support Hour and Trans Student Support are available.

Friends of Pride focuses on suicide prevention.

Case Western Reserve University 

Campus Pride Index: 4.5/5

Center: Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center, located at Tinkham Veale University Center Suite 179, 216-368-5428.

Student Organizations:

LGBTQA Committee

QGrad

Theta Pi Sigma

Alumni Network

Highlights: 

Nearly 50 gender neutral restrooms.

The LGBT Center provides personalized, gender inclusive housing options by reviewing each request and going through a "hands-on" process to match students with a roommate based not on gender, but on who they'd be comfortable living with, Elisabeth Roccoforte, the director of the LGBT Center told Scene.

The Student Information System has a pronoun option that will transfer to every course roster.

Theta Pi Sigma is an LGBTQ-focused, gender inclusive Greek organization that is working with other fraternities and sororities to help "make sure Greek life on campus is really integrated with the LGBT community," Emma McCann, the president of Theta Pi Sigma, told Scene

Baldwin Wallace University 

Campus Pride Index: 3/5 

Center: LGBT Student Services, located in the Student Life Center, 2nd Floor Union (Strosacker Hall), 440-826-2404.

Student Organizations: Allies

Highlights: 

13 gender inclusive restrooms.

LGBT scholarships are available for juniors and seniors.

For more information, visit their website.

John Carroll University

Campus Pride Index: Information unavailable

Center: Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion, located above the university bookstore, 216-397-4185.

Highlights:

Over 30 gender neutral restrooms.

Resources for LGBTQ+ survivors of sexual violence are available through the Violence Prevention and Action Center.

At the LGBTQ+ Speakers Panel, students, faculty and staff speak to an audience about various LGBTQ topics and their own journeys.

Twelve discussion groups are offered, including Queer Without God, a group for non-believing LGBTQ students. 

The department has marched in the Pride in the CLE parade each year since 2016, Michael Scanlan, the executive director of strategic communications, told Scene in an email.

University of Akron

Campus Pride Index: Information unavailable

Center: LGBT Equality Committee, part of the Women's and Gender Resource Center, located at Schrank Hall North 58, 330-972-7008. 

Student Organizations: 

LGBTUA

Pride in STEMM

Gay Straight Law Alliance

Highlights:

Professional resources and opportunities are available for LGBTQ folks.

For more information, visit the Women's and Gender Resource Center's website or the University of Akron website.

Kent State University

Campus Pride Index: 4.5/5

Center: LGBTQ+ Center, located in the Kent Student Center Room 024, 330-672-8580.

Student Organizations: 

QUEST Mentorship Program

KSU QGrad

Pride! Kent

Threads

Trans*Fusion

Fusion Magazine

Highlights:

Over 20 gender neutral restrooms.

LGBTQ Studies minor.

LGBTQ Library.

QUEST Mentorship Program pairs queer graduates with current students.

The LGBTQ+ Center has a brochure of resources tailored to non-students, as 664 community members visited the center during the last academic year, according to the center's annual report. There are resources listed both on- and off-campus, in case folks can't make it out to the Akron or Cleveland areas, said Ken Ditlevson, the director of the LGBTQ+ Center.

— Alexandra Sobczak

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