Articles published in April, 2009

Somali pirates seeking revenge

The rescue of Richard Phillips, the American freighter captain held hostage by Somali pirates, came to a dramatic and happy conclusion on April 12 off the coast of Africa. However, the problem of piracy in the waters remains, and may only be getting worse.

Forget ‘13 Going on 30’; it’s 19 going on 6

Do you remember when, as a kid, you couldn’t wait to grow up? I do. I remember, as a little kid, I couldn’t wait to be a “grown-up.” I was just biding my time before I could go to high school and college, and then be an adult with a job and my own house. I would be able to do what I wanted when I wanted. I would have an immense amount of free time with no one bossing me around.

’09 Millor Orator Finalist – Siuwa Edomwande

Thank you Fr. Niehoff, members of the faculty, staff and administrators, distinguished guests, friends and family, and thank you class of 2009. I am grateful not only for this opportunity to address you, but also for the generosity to others and me over the years.

MAXimum Exposure: Learning how two write good

There is nothing in the world that drives me more up the wall than “AIM speak.” It used to be a shorter way of speaking online, because apparently typing “w8” is significantly faster than “wait,” but now it has moved beyond that. AIM speak has moved into any form of colloquial, and sometimes formal, writing.

’09 Millor Orator Finalist – Caitlin Huey-Burns

Good afternoon to the John Carroll Community, and especially the members of the Class of 2009. Today, I am not going to say “your future is ahead of you”, or that “the wheel of life is in your hands” because these statements are simplistic advice in a complex world I will not tell you that “from this day forward, anything is possible” because tomorrow I am going to be moving back in with my parents.

Tim's Turn: Being a kid has a different meaning

Remember when you were just a kid, about 13-years-old? Those were the days! Not a care in the world. Now, kids that age that happen to be gifted in the game of basketball have something to worry about, something a bit more important than pimples: Where are they going to go to college?

’09 Millor Orator Finalist – Jessica Landis

So… we’re all here. Sitting here in these strange robes and funny hats. Most of us are probably thinking about how long we have to wait until we can leave and enjoy ourselves with our family or friends… but maybe right now, you are thinking about everything you have gone through to get to this very moment.

That's what See said: Taking brotherly love beyond the family

Anyone who knows me personally, or who reads this column on a regular basis, knows that I’m pretty fond of myself. As a matter of fact, I downright love me. But I would be lying if I claimed that I had become this person (that I love so much) without some help and a little bit of guidance.

Such and Szuch: The Twitter challenge: Ashton Kutcher vs. CNN

If you’ve tweeted lately, you may know that Ashton Kutcher recently challenged CNN Breaking News to a popularity contest on the ever-growing social media site, Twitter. The site has become increasingly popular with 14 million users and counting.

’09 Millor Orator Finalist – Andrew Rafferty

On a beautiful September afternoon in the third week of my freshman year, I met an eighty-something-year-old man who could beat me in a foot race, outperform me on any test, and had no hesitation telling me when I gained a little weight.

Jack’s Mannequin brings down the house

With the stage set and ready to go, Jack’s Mannequin took the floor and gave an unforgettable show to John Carroll University students and the local community. A large part of the concert’s success was due to the great audience turnout. The atmosphere was upbeat and exciting.

JCU Athletics Weekly Round-Up: Weekly Round-Up for April 23, 2009

Men's tennis dominates, women's tennis enjoys back-to-back wins over Heidelberg University and Wilmington College, and more in this week's JCU Athletics Weekly Round-Up

World Wide Web: Time to pressure Israel

In the coming months, Israel’s new foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, will play a vital role in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. With that in mind, consider the following statements that Lieberman has made over the years.

Stricter policy is required

Anytime something is sent to the entire student body the content should have to be reviewed ahead of time. The potential for controversial and offensive material is too great to not take better care of this essential resource for sharing information with the entire student body.

Ohio is one of ten states to receive failing grade for teen dating laws

Rihanna and Chris Brown may have been the most recently publicized case, but they certainly won’t be the last chapter in the story of teen dating violence. With numerous cases of domestic violence across all 50 states and the Rihanna and Chris Brown debacle still relatively present in the news, reports have surfaced on each state’s treatment of victims of teenage dating violence.

Blue Streaks eying postseason berth

With just four games left on the conference schedule, a postseason berth seems well within reach for the John Carroll University baseball team. It would be the first for the program since the 2004 season.

7 Seniors to Watch

Andrew Summerson, Matt Wooters, Jessica Serbin, Josh Marcin, Samantha Cocco, Doug Walton and Scott Matthews have made their mark. These students have gone above and beyond during their college careers. As college students, they’ve reached success. Now, with graduation and life after Carroll right around the corner, we asked these students what their futures hold.

Obama to offer health plan that builds off of current system

In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was mulling over whether or not to incorporate a national health insurance program into his New Deal. Fearing it would jeopardize the chances of Congress passing his other New Deal initiatives, Roosevelt decided to leave it out. Since then, however, national health insurance has been a main priority for many Democrats.

Tic-tac-toe, three sweeps in a row

Brooms were out last week as the John Carroll University women’s softball team was able to sweep three different doubleheaders in as many days. The domination began on Thursday as the Blue Streaks were able to complete back-to-back wins by mercy rule over the College of Wooster 10-1, 10-0.

‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ promises laughs

Last fall at Lakeland Theatre, John Carroll University professor Martin Friedman directed community and professional actors in Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest.” After a successful run, Friedman brought the 1890s comedy to JCU. Despite consisting of older characters, the students, along with Actors Equity actor Mitchell Fields, brought a new, profound spunk to…

Baseball team splits with Baldwin-Wallace

The Blue Streaks fell victim to host Baldwin-Wallace College in the opener, 13-5, and then came back with a 7-4 victory in the nightcap. In game one, JCU quickly fell behind 3-0. However, they wouldn’t go away and put three runs on the board in the top of the fourth inning to tie the game at three.

MAXimum Exposure: Shutting up the over-participator

As I have grown from a freshman who sat through mind-numbing lectures that equated to me fulfilling a core requirement, to a senior who sits in major course discussion, there has been one major, and fateful, difference: the level of participation.

Carroll News Cleveland Indians preview has Tribe battling with Detroit Tigers for third-place in American League Central

Injuries and underachieving players led to a disappointing 2008 season for the Cleveland Indians. If the 2009 club hopes to have a better outcome there are several questions that will need to be answered early on in the campaign.

Tim's Turn: I’m sorry, LeBron

This isn’t easy, but I’m going on the record and admitting that I had one of the most idiotic ideas of all time: I really thought that the Cavaliers, who held the first overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, should have drafted Carmelo Anthony over LeBron James.

Men’s golf team nationally ranked

The nice weather outside is appreciated by all, but definitely by the John Carroll University golf teams, as they can finally get back outside to work on their game.