Articles published in September, 2009

Women’s volleyball season preview

So far: Coach Cally Plummer’s squad has jumped out to a 7-4 record to start their season. Not bad for a young team that is yet to play at home inside the DeCarlo Varsity Center. They participated in the Elmhurst College Invitational and split their four matches. This past weekend, they were victorious in three…

Women’s soccer season preview

So far: It has been a tough start for the women’s soccer team as they have stumbled out of the gate with a 1-4-1 start. Their lone win came at home on Sept. 11 during the ‘Carroll Classic,’ a 5-0 thrashing of Grove City College. Junior goalkeeper Molly Gradowski has taken the place of the…

Women’s cross country season preview

So far: So far this season, things have gone extremely well for the women’s cross country team. With a little more experience than the men’s team, they captured third place and first place, respectively, during the first two tournaments of the 2009 season. Freshman Ashley Aberl was the first to cross the finish line in…

Men’s golf season preview

So far: The men’s golf team entered a pair of local tournaments featuring mostly non-conference opponent to start their season and both times, the JCU top unit captured the team prize.  Aside from Furgerson, the team has depth with senior A.J. Spalding and juniors Jeff Deal and Joe Zucker, all of whom have top-three finishes…

Men’s cross country season preview

So Far: The Blue Streaks started their season with a sixth place finish in the seven-team Bill Sudeck Invitational. They improved this past weekend and took fourth in the seven-team Ric Sayre Invitational. In both races, sophomores Jacob Smith and Jeff Sigmund were first and second, respectively, for JCU. They will head to South Bend,…

Men’s soccer season preview

So far: The Blue Streaks are 3-1-1 on the young season and fresh off a thrilling come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Hiram College. Even more impressive, they did it without DeMarchi, who left the game injured. This past weekend, they hosted the “Carroll Classic” at Don Shula Stadium, tying their first game 2-2 with Transylvania University,…

Football season preview

So far: The Blue Streaks dropped their home and season opener, 14-7, to Thomas More College, however Javorek was injured and did not play.  Freshman running back DaQuan Grobsmith scored the lone John Carroll touchdown and finished with 65 yards on 14 carries in the loss. The defense, who benefitted from the return of senior…

Letter to the Editor: Don’t be so harsh on the freshmen

With the incoming class of freshmen comes many things; among them is an inevitable article from an upperclassmen giving “advice” (or essentially just whining) about the incoming JCU class. Look, I’m a fellow member of 2009; we were all freshmen at one point and we were all confused at where to go and how to…

Sher It Like It Is: I play to win

I play to win.  It is a little-known fact about me, but when I genuinely put all my effort into something my competitive side takes over and I want to dominate.  That’s probably why I’ve never really liked sports and my family is leery to play cards with me.  In sports my 5-foot-2-inch, 100-something frame…

Business Corner: Growth in student debt leaves few options for graduating students

The rise in student borrowing has accelerated dramatically over the years, as now more than two-thirds of college students borrow to pay for college, according to a government study, up from just 58 percent 12 years earlier.  The average debt taken on by students to pay for higher education is now $23,186, up from $13,172…

That's what See said: Sorry, but no more Mr. Nice Guy

Don’t let my picture fool you, it’s not all smiles around here. I’m fed up, John Carroll. Quite frankly, people refuse to get on my level and it ruffles my feathers. Cleaning up other peoples’ messes is not on any of my four daily to-do lists. JCU is in need of reform and I’ve appointed…

MAXimum Exposure: You’re welcome, John Carroll

I’d like to apologize, for I’ve been rude: after four years of pulling awesome practical jokes at this school, I realize that I’ve never said “you’re welcome” to the people whose lives I’ve enriched.   Now there are nay-sayers out there who will claim that all I’m doing is having fun at other peoples’ expense and…

OurView: The right way to use your camera in college

Seniors in college are old. They’re mature, they’re focused, and they’re ready for next year. Seniors have settled down, they drink beer out of bottles, heck they’re probably finished with the core curriculum. I must not be a senior. What made me come to this realization? In August, I moved all my belongings back to…

Leftover SAF gets put to use

The Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee has decided where last year’s leftover Student Activity Fee funds will be spent. Since last year’s freshman class was larger than expected there were more student activity fees than budgeted. That money will be used to make upgrades to The Underground including the addition of more lounge seating, a…

Renewal process lacks student input

The John Carroll University Board of Directors voted this past May to renew the Rev. Robert Niehoff’s contract as president of the University. Each term is five years so he has been renewed through 2015. In order to determine whether or not to offer a contract renewal, the Board of Directors brings in a third-party…

World Wide Web: Is the public option dead?

The public option was supposed to be the Democrats’ crown jewel of health care reform. But while President Barack Obama talked about all the advantages of the public option during his health care speech last Wednesday, in the end, he admitted that he could live without it. And with Republicans condemning the public option as…

Iran offers proposal for new talks, refuses to negotiate nuclear issue

Glyn Davies, the U.S. envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the nuclear arm of the United Nations, reports that Iran currently has enough nuclear fuel that, if enriched further, could be used to make a nuclear weapon. According to The New York Times, Davies claims that Iran currently has “possible breakout capacity” should…

President’s speech addresses health care concerns

After weeks of tumultuous town hall meetings and intense political lobbying, Congress and the President have returned to Washington to debate health care reform.   In an unprecedented move, last Wednesday night President Barack Obama used the bully pulpit of the White House to advance his health care agenda.  Speaking in front of a Joint Session…

Crahen and Hawke create a ‘Safe Space’ on campus

A $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women has brought a program aimed at preventing instances related to sexual and relationship violence to John Carroll University.  The program is needed in light of the fact that JCU and the surrounding community reported 11 on-campus forcible sex offenses in the…

Ride for Miles takes a second spin

The second annual Ride for Miles was held Saturday, Sept. 12.  It was the conclusion to the weeklong Miles Coburn Environmental Symposium.  Miles Coburn was a faculty member at John Carroll University for over 30 years, eight of which were spent as chairman of the biology department. He was killed in August 2008 in a…

Enrollment boasts academic quality

The economic recession made its impact on enrollment at John Carroll University, as the freshman class arrived with 129 fewer students than last year. Enrollment numbers for the first-year students report 663 members, compared to 792 in 2008 and 726 in 2007.  Executive Director of Enrollment Steven Vitatoe said the decrease in enrollment was due…

JCU: great school for great price

John Carroll University has been awarded the No. 4 spot in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category of the 2010 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News and World Report. According to the U.S. News and World Report Web site, “The U.S. News College rankings provide timely, relevant and useful information about the college…

Board of Directors voted to re-sign Niehoff

This past May the John Carroll University Board of Directors voted to renew the Rev. Robert Niehoff’s contract as president of the University. This renewal will extend through 2015, as a president’s term is five years. The Rev. Niehoff, in an e-mail sent to the JCU community, said that he has “gratefully accepted this honor…

SUPB’s SAF allocation cut

The Student Union Programming Board will see a decrease in funding this year from the Student Activity Fee.  Each full-time undergraduate student at John Carroll University pays the SAF, which funds activities for students on campus. The SAF this year was the same amount that students paid last year which allowed $1.1 million to be…

SAF money utilized

The Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee has decided what projects and activities the Student Activity Fee will go toward this semester. The SAF is charged to full-time undergraduates and amounts to $200 per semester. It is used for numerous activities that directly benefit students through programs, services, facility improvements and events. While the SAF goes…