Mom petitions Sinclair college for breastfeeding policy

Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013 @ 11:00 PM
Updated: Thursday, August 29, 2013 @ 11:00 PM

Response from Shelbi Wallace:

Shelbi Wallace shared the following thoughts with the Dayton Daily News today on comments she has received about her request for Sinclair to provide space for breastfeeding mothers…

This is for the people making comments about the lactation rooms. I hope Sinclair reads it as well. If this is of no interest to you, then keep scrolling! I know not everyone is going to agree with me and that is just fine. However, I would like to clear a few things up :) First, this is not just for me. This is for other breastfeeding moms who have had to struggle to find a place to go to in a reasonable amount of time to pump. I am so glad it was not a problem for some of you! You are lucky because I know other women besides myself that have had the same issues I am having. Also this is not a breastfeeding in public issue. I am grateful and appreciative of the fact that Sinclair has opened up the faculty lactation room to students but I am requesting more and if you read on, you will find out why.

Next, someone mentioned I was requesting a pumping area in every room. Of course it would be ridiculous to have a pumping area in every room! That would probably cause distraction as well. If they meant building, then yes, there should be a room in every building because every woman has a different pumping schedule to abide by. Their body governs that. Because of this, it might not be feasible to walk across campus to the only lactation room available and walk back to class. For someone who has never had to pump or breastfeed, I know it can be kind of hard to understand. Also, finding an empty room or closet in each building should really not be that difficult for Sinclair. If it is, then by all means, they can contact me and let me know why and maybe we can brainstorm together a better solution!

I notice some comments mentioning that I should of just spoke up and asked the administration for help. Thank you for that suggestion but I already tried that and that is exactly why all of this is happening.

To those of you saying that I should “take care of my responsibilities” and then come back to school, I really appreciate your suggestion and your efforts in trying to find a different solution for me! But do you not think continuing my education is the responsible thing to do? Again, my point is that a breastfeeding mother does not have to take a break from school if she has the support from them. She also does not have to quit breastfeeding! No sacrifices have to be made just because someone chooses to have a child.

The cost issue seems to be a big concern for everyone. It should be! I don’t think it should come out of student’s pockets. However, I fail to see how this will cost any money, and if it does cost money, then again, I would love to sit down with Sinclair and brainstorm ideas on how we can raise money to help. There are grants out there and I’m sure fundraising could help as well. Everyone supports the “PINK” breast cancer research campaign so I am sure we can find people willing to support the breasts intended function as well.

In regards to tarnishing Sinclair’s name; that was and still is not my goal. Sinclair is a great school and I enjoy coming here. I appreciate that they have opened up the faculty lactation room for the students. That is a great step. I think Sinclair offers a lot of opportunities for people out there. They cater to a demographic of mostly adults; many of whom are mothers. They also offer many degrees in the medical field. They should be well aware of the benefits of breastfeeding and the importance it has on mothers and children. Those two facts combine leave me to wonder why this is even an issue. Sinclair has an opportunity to set an example for other colleges around the area and even around the country.

In brief, I want Sinclair to recognize the need for more lactation rooms and start to work toward that goal. I would also like to see Sinclair post information about these lactation rooms so women that need them, can easily find them.

For those of you that want to personally attack me, I understand that it might make you feel better but I have nothing to say to you. It shows a lot about your character and I don’t feel the need to fight back against your poor judgment.

I am not looking for a lawsuit. I am not looking for money. I am looking for change. If you are a woman who pumps and is OK with pumping in a bathroom or their car, then keep doing it. I am doing this for those of us that do care.

A woman upset that she doesn’t have a place to pump breast milk at Sinclair Community College has started a petition drive to change campus policy and urge the college to support breastfeeding moms.

Shelbi Wallace’s petition already has more than 800 signatures. All she wants, she said, is a quiet and convenient place to pump milk for 2-month-old River.

Wallace, 22, a student in American Sign Language, said Sinclair also suggested she breastfeed in the bathroom.

She said she tried to pump in a bathroom on campus and her production “was not very good.”

“The bathroom is not a good place to pump because that’s my baby’s food and I don’t want to make his food in a bathroom,” she said.

When she began researching other options, officials at Sinclair told her there was a location in Building 8 — which Wallace said was on the other side of campus from her classes.

In order to pump, Wallace says she has to leave class. Her instructor is OK with that, she said, but “I need somewhere close to pump, get done, get back to class,” she said.

Some days, she’s had to pump twice a day.

“I just did it in the hallway,” she said. “I don’t want to pump out in public. I’m not sure any other people would want to, either.”

Wallace said she’s received support from the breastfeeding community, while some mothers have told her to go pump in her car.

“I’m not OK with that,” she said.

Officials at Sinclair say the college is trying to remedy the situation. The college issued the following statement Thursday night: “Sinclair works to be accessible and accommodating to our entire campus community and the college recognizes the need to have policies and procedures that are parent friendly. Sinclair provides access to private facilities for lactation and will continue to explore practices and policies that will improve our services.”

Since her petition drive began, Sinclair has opened a faculty pumping room for Wallace.

She said the response is great, but “it’s still not enough because that building is not quite accessible.”

Wallace’s mission: To have a “lactation room” in every building on campus. She says she’s in the fight as much for her child as for other moms.

“Keep breastfeeding. You can pump,” she said. “You can go to school and breastfeed your baby. You don’t have to sacrifice that.”

New restaurants, retail shops coming to Oxford

Published: Friday, October 28, 2016 @ 2:25 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 29, 2016 @ 4:37 PM

New restaurants and retail shops are coming to a development on the former Walmart site in Oxford.

Bishop Square — a 50,000-square-foot mixed use development at 419 Locust Street that currently includes 272 units of student housing — is adding Marco’s Pizza, Tim Hortons, a Sprint retail store and a bank.

“The final stage is important because we’ll be building the outlots that sit along Locust, which will serve as the front door to the whole project,” said Josh Rothstein, of Blue Ash-based OnSite Retail Group, which is handling marketing and leasing for the project. “The retailers and restaurants are excited to open their locations here because being across from Kroger, TJ Maxx and Dollar Tree provides tremendous exposure, great visibility and easy access to the shoppers already passing through this part of town.

“It’s also easily in walking distance to not only the concentration of Miami’s campus, but also the off-campus housing population,” Rothstein said.

Two other storefronts on the site are being are in the process of being leased, he said.

Existing Bishop Square tenants include Oxford Lane Library, Mercy Health - Orthopaedics and Sports Rehabilitation, Great Clips and Cloud 9 Vapor Lounge. A second-floor above some of those tenants includes office space.

Alan Kyger, Oxford’s economic development director, said the community is excited to see the Bishop Square project moving into its final phases.

“In 2005, when Walmart moved away from this site, the abandoned building that was left behind was a large eyesore for the Tollgate Business District, as well as for the whole community,” Kyger said. “Developer Robert Fiorita is to be commended in providing such a good-looking redevelopment project.

“The addition of these merchants will provide the citizens of Oxford additional shopping options. I expect each of these new businesses to be very successful in this new development.”

Marco’s Pizza has 700 stores in 35 states, doubling in size over the last five years and on track to 1,000 stores by the end of 2017, according to the company. Area locations include Middletown, Monroe, Hamilton and Liberty Twp. in Butler County.

Tim Hortons has more than 4,400 locations in the United States, Canada and the Middle East. Area locations include Monroe, Springboro and Maineville in Warren County.

Mother, 25, sent to prison in infant’s death

Published: Thursday, September 20, 2012 @ 5:11 PM
Updated: Thursday, September 20, 2012 @ 7:06 PM

A 25-year-old mother convicted of involuntary manslaughter and child endangering in the 2009 death of her 6-month-old son was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison.

Amber Gipson was convicted on Sept. 4 on single counts of each crime, the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office said.

Her son was found dead July 29, 2009, in a laundry basket beside a bed in which she was sleeping, according to police. Toxicology tests found cocaine in the blood streams of Gipson, who was 23 at the time, and the baby.

The county coroner ruled the cause of death as positional asphyxia.

“This mother utterly failed to protect her child from harm,” Heck said. “Parents have a responsibility to care for their children and cannot do that when they are high on cocaine, as this mother was.”

According to court records, Gipson has a long arrest record, including for prostitution-related offenses. In 2005, she served six months for grand theft auto. In 2006, she served six months for drug trafficking in crack cocaine.

Springfield stabbing suspect pleads not guilty

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 @ 12:38 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 @ 11:28 AM

A man accused of stabbing another man to death with a serving fork Tuesday morning plead not guilty to murder in a court appearance today.

Laune P. Dozier, Jr. also plead not guilty to an unrelated charge of aggravated robbery. His bond was set at $1 million.

Dozier was taken into custody by Springfield Special Operations Team officers Tuesday afternoon after a two-and-a-half hour standoff.

After firing several smoke devices into the building at 730 East St. and ordering a man to come outside, SOT officers escorted Dozier to a police van just after 2:30 p.m.

He was wanted in the fatal stabbing of Jason Wones early Tuesday morning at 338 Lincoln Park Circle. A warrant was issued for Dozier on a charge of murder Tuesday morning, according to Clark County Municipal Court records.

According to the warrant affidavit, Dozier, 19, was among a group of people drinking at the Lincoln Park address overnight. Witnesses reported that he began assaulting a female just before 7 a.m. and Wones attempted to intervene.

Dozier allegedly grabbed a two-prong serving fork from the kitchen and began stabbing Wones, who attempted to defend himself. At some point he was stabbed in the left side of his chest, according to the affidavit.

Dozier allegedly fled on foot before the witnesses called 911. Medics transported Wones to Springfield Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

SOT officers had been staged at the corner of East and Essex streets since about noon Tuesday. It is unclear what Dozier’s connection to that address is. His listed address on court documents is nearby on East Liberty Street.

East Street was shut down between Selma and Summer streets during the standoff.

Britanie Jackson lives on the other side of the duplex on East Street. She told News Center 7 she is not aware of any criminal activity going on there and that the building is “normally pretty peaceful.”

She said she was surprised earlier today when she attempted to walk home and found police had the street blocked and would not allow her to go to her house.

Man on scooter injured in Troy crash

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 @ 11:53 AM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 @ 11:53 AM

Police in Troy said a driver is expected to be cited in a crash that injured a man riding a motor scooter.

The crash happened on South Short and Race streets in Troy Tuesday morning, according to reports.  Robert Dunfee, 70, of Troy, lost control of his scooter while attempting to avoid a collision with a car making a left hand turn in front of  him.

Dunfee has only had the scooter since July 12. He was taken to Upper Valley Medical Center near Troy for treatment of road rash.

The driver of the car is expected to be cited for being left of center, police said.