Articles published in April, 2009

Students to see changes around campus in Fall

Over the summer, John Carroll University will undergo several renovations to the campus, according to Associate Vice President of Facilities Carol Dietz. Dietz said one of the major projects on campus will be the renovation of the men and women’s bathrooms near the mailboxes in the Rec Plex. The goal is for the facilities to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Blue Streaks qualify for postseason: JCU baseball and softball teams advance to conference tournaments

After this weekend, the regular season will officially be over for both baseball and softball. The top four teams in the Ohio Athletic Conference advance to the conference tournament. This year both the John Carroll University baseball and softball teams have had terrific regular seasons that have advanced them into the postseason. JCU is the only institution to send a team to both tournaments.

That's what See said: Why I’m the poet laureate of John Carroll University

For those of you who haven’t read my column before: I’m kind of a big deal. As the veteran columnist for the award-winning Carroll News (and I’m still a few finals away from junior status), I have quite a bit of literary clout. Taking this into account, I decided I could help another JCU publication, The Carroll Review, by contributing my name and fame.

Taliban closing in on Islamabad

The Pakistani government launched a military operation against Taliban militants earlier this week. The effort is largely seen as a response to pressure from the Obama administration to take a firm stance against the growing insurgency in Pakistan.

Summer Preview

Angels and Demons, UP, Year One, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, My Sister’s Keeper, and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince are coming to theaters this summer.

An historic first 100 days for Obama

President Barack Obama has been busy since his historic inauguration in January. In his first 100 days in office, his administration has crafted corporate bailouts, a $787 billion economic stimulus package and new strategies for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Time to hit the book… Facebook

When most students log onto their computers one of the first Web sites they visit is Facebook. While AOL and Google used to be the most popular Web sites to visit, within the past year, Facebook has surpassed most other sites, which were once considered competition.

Such and Szuch: Forget sleep – it’s college, sleep is over-rated

A friend of mine always says, “You’ll sleep when you’re dead.” And he’s right; life is too short to spend all of your time in bed, when there are more important things to do. But, sometimes you reach a point where you’re just so tired that simple tasks seem like the biggest endeavors you’ll ever face. I’ve reached that point.

‘The Soloist’ underperforms despite big names

Heading into the theatre as a huge fan of Robert Downey, Jr., Jamie Foxx and director Joe Wright, "The Soloist" was primed for a masterpiece. Unfortunately, the film was not the work of art most expected. It wasn’t a complete bomb or waste of time; however, it was less than pleasing.

Reading, writing and avoiding arithmetic

When I was asked to write this column, I decided I didn’t want it to be a standard senior response to the end of the year, discussing my lack of job or goodbyes to the University. Instead, I figured it’s more practical to tell you about one of my favorite places on campus: the Writing Center.

To-go boxes to cost money

Aramark dining services will be implementing a cost of 50 cents per to-go box starting in the Fall semester. The reasoning behind the decision is that it will bring financial, social and environmental benefits. The boxes that will be used next year will be more environmentally friendly. Charging a fee for the boxes is a…

MAXimum Exposure: Holding Relay where we want

It is time to put our foot down to University Heights. Every year we have to move indoors during our Relay because of a city code that says we cannot be making such a ruckus so late at night. Well, John Carroll, it’s time to break a few rules.

Defying Obama, Democrats press for hearings on CIA torture allegations

Democrats in Congress are pushing for further investigation into the “advanced interrogation” techniques used by CIA officials on suspected al-Qaida members.

Un-Fair to break contract

John Carroll University is a strong supporter of Fair Trade products, including Fair Trade coffee. The University’s catering service, Aramark, is under contract to serve only Fair Trade coffee at any event that they cater. However, over the past few months it has been found out that Aramark has been using Folgers coffee.

Will Call

While sitting next to my roommate, attempting to think of a personal philosophy, I began to take an introspective look at my life. Sure that’s probably not the most masculine thing I could say, but hey, it beats taking eight whipped cream pies to the face. In the near future, we will all be forced…

Day care plan presented to campus community

Recently John Carroll has been considering day care facilities to be used by faculty and students. A meeting regarding the possibility of creating a day care on campus took place on Friday, April 24.

Underground undergoes changes

The Student Union is looking into creating a place where students can play games and relax in the Lombardo Student Center.

World Wide Web: The Iranian threat

Iran may soon have the technology to build a nuclear weapon. Israel claims that Iran has already reached that point, and has threatened to attack its nuclear facilities if no action is taken. But before we start a potential nuclear war, we should ask ourselves three questions. First of all, why does Iran want nuclear weapons? Secondly, is a nuclear Iran more dangerous than a non-nuclear Iran? And, if so, what are our possible courses of action?

SAF funds allocated to adviser

$14,000 of student activity money set aside for adviser of hockey club and Rhapsody Blue

JCU students face possible charges

Two John Carroll University students could face charges pending an investigation by Campus Safety Services and the University Heights Police Department after they allegedly used hallucinogenic drugs.

JCU professor caught in quake

Santa Casciani, associate professor of Italian language and literature at John Carroll University, was caught amidst the deadliest earthquake to strike Italy in decades. Casciani, who survived the earthquake without injury, was a witness to the devastating aftermath of the earthquake that destroyed a town and left 270 dead, thousands injured and even more homeless.

Cafeteria door closing in fall

The Associate Dean of Students, Donna Byrnes, has acted on a resolution passed by Student Union recommending that the doors to the cafeteria by the LSC Conference Room be closed next fall. However, the doors will still be left open to serve as an exit from the cafeteria.

A day at the Supreme Court with Justice Alito

Through the kindness of the Italian-American Studies Program here at John Carroll, I was lucky enough to join two students, two professors and two faculty members from the Italian-American Studies program to be guests of Justice Samuel Alito and listen to oral arguments. Etched in the marble at the front of the Court are the words “equal justice under law.” As I sat in the courtroom that morning, those inscribed words are precisely what the Justices would be ensuring.

Lopez discusses the making of ‘The Soloist’

Los Angeles Times journalist Steve Lopez is still in awe that Hollywood is telling his and Nathaniel Ayers’ story. “The Soloist,” scheduled for release on April 27, is the incredible true story of Lopez (Robert Downey, Jr.) and his most heartfelt column and book subject, Nathaniel Ayers (Jamie Foxx).

Wanke’s time at JCU proves to be relevant

Jake Delhomme, Tony Romo and Kurt Warner have all played in Pro Bowls, and all three are currently making millions to play a kid’s game. Warner and Delhomme each played on the world’s biggest stage, the Super Bowl, while Romo had to settle for dating Jessica Simpson.