Home Sweet Carroll: Power Couples 2010

February 11th, 2010

The Carroll News’ annual review of who’s who in the dating world. These couples were nominated by members of the John Carroll community.

J.J. Kuczynski & Maria Westcott

Maria, a junior, is a cheerleader and J.J., a senior, is a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Bill Worms, who nominated the couple, said, “They are fresh, fun and know how to modernize the word love.” 

What advice would you give to other couples or people trying to find love?

 Maria: Be yourself around each other, laugh a lot with each other. Spend exotic weekends away together, care for abandoned animals, and love each other deeply. 

 How do you get over disagreements? 

 J.J.: Agree that Maria is right, because Donnie, her brother, has put the fear of God into me. If Donnie is not within 25 miles, the disagreements are settled in a thumb war.

 What helps keep you together? 

 J.J.: A unique mixture of honey, smashed cicadas, Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue sauce, peanut butter, protein powder and a splash of apple juice. Donnie said that if we break up, Maria must become a nun and I have to leave the country.

Ryan McCullough & Kelly White 

Ryan, a junior, is an RA and is involved in ROTC. Kelly is a grad student obtaining her degree in non-profit administration. She is also an RA in off-campus apartments. They are both leaders of Labre and will be getting married this summer.

Where did you two first meet?

Kelly: In high school, while on a retreat for our church in Pittsburgh. 

How did he propose? 

Kelly: Before Labre we have our reflection, and Ryan gave reflection that night. He started to talk about everything that was important to him in life. At the end of it, he came down instead of starting the prayer, turned around and asked me to marry him. I was shocked, and [our friend] was actually just filming it for the heck of it, and it is online so we will have it forever.

What does marriage mean to you? 

Ryan: It means being totally committed to someone the rest of your life, loving them with all your heart no matter what, and giving each other massages everyday.

Michael Roeder & Sherri Crahen 

Dr. Sherri Crahen, the dean of students, and Michael Roeder, the manager of facilities service, have been married since June 2006. 

What lessons have you learned throughout your relationship? 

Sherri: I have often heard that people who have been married a long time give advice like “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”  Now that I’m married, I understand what that means.

What do you both have in common? 

Sherri: We both like to cook, exercise, watch sporting events, read, etc.  Please note that Mike is an avid Browns fan while I will always be true to my Wisconsin roots and support the Green Bay Packers.

What advice would you give to other couples or people trying to find love?

Sherri: Take your time. For Mike and I, we are both in our 40s and it is the first marriage for both of us. We are big believers in waiting until the right person comes along.

Josh Tatro & Caitlyn Walton 

Josh, a senior, plays lacrosse and men’s soccer. He is majoring in finance. Caitlyn lead the JCU women’s soccer team in goals, assists and points as a senior. She is majoring in political science with a minor in English. 

How did you meet? 

Josh: We met freshman year at the graffiti party,  I was lucky enough to get her number—that didn’t matter though because she wrote it in marker that was too light to read on my shirt, plus she ended up calling me first anyway.

What compromises have you had to make?

Cait: Trying to find time around soccer, lacrosse and class to see each other has been one of the compromises.

What lessons have you learned throughout your relationship?

Cait & Josh: We’ve learned to have a great relationship you must build from always being open, honest and having a common set of core values and interests—that way there will always things to talk about, enjoy and laugh about.

Josh Rentz & Alicia Giannell

Alicia, a junior, runs track and field, works at Ben and Jerry’s, and is also the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee secretary. Josh, a junior, plays football  as a receiver, and is also on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

What first attracted you to each other?

Alicia: We first talked about sports, and played some catch football together. I thought he was cute.

What was your best date?

Josh: We went to Virginia Beach and we ate right by the ocean on our two year anniversary.

What helps keep you both together?

Alicia: We are good at communicating with each other. Also, having similar hobbies like sports enables us to understand each other.