Articles published in December, 2009

That's what See said: The secrets of being a good Secret Santa

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Classes are almost over, snow is starting to fall, and Max Flessner and Rachel Szuch are graduating (I mean that in a good way guys, I swear).
The best part about the Christmas season, or “holiday season” for the more politically correct out there, is that Santa…

Moderate Democrats pose obstacle for passing health insurance reform

As the health care debate continues to intensify in the Senate, it has become evident that bipartisan support is highly unlikely.
Therefore, the Democratic leadership is focusing on keeping the Democratic caucus united in order to reach the crucial number of 60 votes needed for passage.
This pursuit of 60 votes will undoubtedly be a…

Residence Life Advisory Board will reconvene

The Residence Life Advisory Board will be reinstated beginning next semester. The board will begin meeting monthly to discuss different aspects of residence life and potential improvements.
Heather Losneck, director of residence life, said that although the board may be new to freshmen, it is not a new initiative.
“The board hasn’t stopped existing; it…

WJCU’s ‘Blizzard Bash’ brings in more than $1000 for Hunger Network

John Carroll University’s radio station, WJCU 88.7FM, raised $1,021 for the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland through its fourth annual Blizzard Bash benefit concert.
Station Manager Robert Duns said the event was in planning since September.
“It was really a great result,” he said. “We set a new station record for the amount raised for…

‘Armored’ difficult to defend

When asked about the effect he was hoping to illicit from the audience, “Armored” star Columbus Short said, “I want them to remember Columbus Short.” An egotistical response? Maybe. But nevertheless, he made himself known in the latest action-thriller movie.
Director Nimrod Antal’s ethically challenging and high-paced film included some high-profile actors such as Matt…

JCU grad O’Keefe helps lead Hawkeyes to Orange Bowl

It was 34 years ago that Ken O’Keefe roamed the field as a wide receiver for the John Carroll University football team. Today, he paces the sidelines as the offensive coordinator for the University of Iowa – one of the highest ranked football programs in the country.
O’Keefe’s road has been a long one that…

JCU students find ways to spread holiday cheer

Christmas is in the air at John Carroll.  Although the temperatures have dropped, the age-old spirit of generosity is on the rise. Even among broke college students, no one says “Bah, humbug!” when it comes to giving.

How Students Give

As John Carroll’s mission states, its students are men and women for others.  One of…

2000: A decade in review

When the ball dropped on New Year’s in Times Square almost ten years ago, we entered the new millennium.
Minutes into the 21st century, those with stockpiles of canned food and bottled water held their breath as they braced themselves for “the millennium bug” or the ever-feared Y2K problem, that predicted financial institutions’ computer systems…

Investigation is pending after drugs are found in a student’s dorm room

A John Carroll University student was found in possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a large amount of cash. Campus Safety Services raided the resident’s room in Hamlin Hall on Nov. 22.
According to Brian Hurd, assistant director of campus safety services, the resident adviser reported smelling marijuana during rounds to CSS, who investigated and…

Obama orders 30,000 extra troops for Afghan war

President Barack Obama greeted cadets at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., where he announced his plan to immediately send 30,000 troops to Afghanistan. While most of the troops will be sent to southern and eastern Afghanistan, where violence is at its highest level since the beginning of the war, Obama also said that they would begin removing forces in 2011.

Streaks stay hot, run their record to 6-0

The Streaks are hot.  The phrase that carried the John Carroll University men’s basketball team through their 21-game winning streak last season is true so far this year.
So far, the biggest test on the schedule came when JCU hosted the Fighting Scots of The College of Wooster, who were ranked No. 9 in the…

SU celebrates the students of JCU

The Student Union is currently planning Celebrate the Student, an event that will focus on the students of John Carroll University.
The event will be a part of Ignatian Heritage Week, beginning with the opening mass in Gesu Church on Sunday, Jan. 31.
“In addition to being a kick off for Heritage week, we definitely…

Tim's Turn: Coming up with my sports wish list

‘Tis the season for wish lists, so I composed my own sports wish list – things that would make my life as a fan so much better.
First and foremost, I wish we had a playoff system in place for college football.
The BCS dodged a major bullet on Saturday when Texas knocked off Nebraska…

World Wide Web: I want letters

So my past couple columns have been pretty critical of the Catholic Church. I accused it of sexual discrimination, homophobia, strong-arming society, and blackmailing Congress. I also called it misogynic, elitist, bigoted, ignorant, stubborn, unsympathetic, disconnected and bullheaded. And since we received no letters to the editor from anyone trying to counter my arguments, I’m…

Incident ignites rumors on campus; CSS investigating

Rumors of a gunman on John Carroll University’s campus spread after Winter Formal on Dec. 4.
Freshman Ross Bernard heard about the rumors via a text message while in a friend’s dormitory.
“I was hanging out with a friend who got a text from someone saying there are two armed men running around campus,” said…

University hopes for a better report card next year

The administration of John Carroll University is taking steps to become more environmentally-friendly. Earlier this semester, the University received an “F” grade in sustainability from greenreportcard.com.
The administration is currently moving forward with three separate initiatives.
The first of these is implementing a sustainability committee on campus.
According to Jonathan Smith, vice president and executive…

MAXimum Exposure: A true liberal arts education

Well, John Carroll, this is it: my last column ever. I will be graduating at the end of this semester and heading back to Chicago, so I figured let’s give it one last hoorah.
Too often when graduating seniors write their “senior column” which is filled with the same sentiment, just worded differently: enjoy your…

Women’s hoops opens OAC play

The John Carroll women’s basketball team tipped off Ohio Athletic Conference play this week, splitting a pair with Baldwin-Wallace College and Muskingum College.
First, JCU suffered a tough  75-61 loss to the B-W Yellow Jackets in what was also the Blue Streaks home opener.
B-W, a team that features a number of freshman, jumped out…

OurView: Hey Christmas, wait your turn

The greatest time of year, yup, I’m talking about Christmastime, of course.
Christmastime is, in my opinion, the best time of the year by far. Nothing can really compare to it. There are no other holidays that come close to measuring up to Christmas. The colors, the decorations, the lights, the spirit, the snow, the…

Semester in Review

Fall 2009 presented the administration, Student Union and the student body with many challenges. From community involvement and sustainability, to dealing and coping with tragedy, John Carroll University has had its ups and downs. The Carroll News hopes to see a continuance of excellence in some areas of JCU and improvements in others.
Community Relations…

Such and Szuch: A final request

Last week a fellow graduating CN staffer asked me how I planned to handle my final column. At the time, I really hadn’t had a chance to consider a topic.
So, as I sat down to write, I looked outside at the crisp, bright snow melting as it hit the ground. It made me remember…