Articles published in May, 2010

Columns: Letting the bad come with the good

HAHAHA! You guys see that editorial cartoon? Good, good stuff. OK, so I’m a little out of my element and writing for the award-winning Carroll News this week.  I CAN write, you know. I’m more than just a man and his two unnamed, hapless and witty cartoon characters. My roommate thought differently apparently.  When I…

Columns: Rehabbing the addiction

This is my last column, maybe not ever, but at least for The Carroll News. Even though my reign has been brief, it’s been great. I’ve plugged self-acceptance, human rights, and “Glee.” But I’ve never promoted myself. As someone who needs a job in journalism for the summer in order to build my portfolio, I…

Columns: These aren’t the best days

“Aw man, make it last because these are the best days of your life.”  Bologna!   How many times have older, seemingly “wiser” people come up to you and said that cliché line?  It’s been happening to me a lot lately, and I’m not buying it.  What a grim outlook.  Why do these days have to…

Columns: It’s cliché and I don’t care

Life’s fickle. When all looks promising, it goes south. Bad things happen to good people and, at times, the corrupt prosper. The only constant in life – besides death – is that nothing is constant. Some of the most promising people fail while slackers rise to the top. It doesn’t make much sense, and any…

IRON MAN: Cast from the flames of Hollywood’s comic book factory to fame

Prior to 2008, no one outside the most die-hard fans would have recognized the name “Iron Man” aside from the song by Black Sabbath and the album by Ghostface Killah. Before then Iron Man was simply another obscure member of Marvel gallery alongside the Black Widow and Ant-Man. However, thanks to the charismatic Robert Downey…

Spring Rock Benefit rolls into Cleveland

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will host the eigth annual “It’s Only Rock and Roll” Spring Benefit on Saturday May 15, 2010. There will be performances by inductees Terry Sylvester of The Hollies, Gene Chandler, Sheila E., Grand Funk Railroad’s Mark Farner, MC Hammer, and Tommy James and The Shondells to benefit the…

Accountability

It is currently a long-standing tradition that senior senators are not required to attend Student Union meetings during the spring semester. However, this may be changing next semester. John Carroll University Student Union voted Tuesday, at their last meeting of the school year, to table a resolution requiring senators to attend weekly Senate meetings during…

Summer 2010 movie preview

Check out which blockbusters will be hitting the big screen this summer.

Bike program paves green path

John Carroll University’s Environmental Issues Group is working with the city of University Heights to bring a program to the University that allows students to borrow bicycles for personal use.  The bike program is a praiseworthy endeavor that demonstrates dedication to personal wellness and sustainability and synergizes the resources of JCU, University Heights and EIG.…

BannerWeb undergoes changes

John Carroll University is undergoing an update to its Banner software. The updates include improvements to BannerWeb, the online interface used by students and administrators to access academic records, financial aid information, and schedules. The update, known as Banner 8, includes new features that the University may use in the future. The updated software will…

Name That Toon!: 5-6-2010

What the toon doesn’t say about the tune: “It’s so incredible, the way things work themselves out, and all emotional, once you know what it’s all about.”…

Evaluations: Does what you have to say matter?

How useful are evaluations at improving the quality of courses?

OurView: You are the James Carville to my Mary Matalin

Before I became arts & life editor, I was the assistant editor to former arts & life editor Craig Willert.  If anyone knows anything about being an assistant editor of a newspaper, they’d understand that being an assistant literally means being with the editor in the newsroom for excessive amounts of time. This is where…

That's what See said: What more can I say? It’s over?

In 2003 Jay-Z “retired” from rap with The Black Album. The third track was titled “What More Can I Say” and lately I’ve found myself asking the same question. I already wrote my annual ode to the near-graduates that I felt the need to give a shout out. I didn’t submit any works for The…

The Greener Side: Home away from home

After being named co-editors, Brian Bayer and I hoped to share a bonding experience before we began to tackle the editorial and op/ed sections of The Carroll News. Brian surprised me with a gondola ride through Venice, Italy. What a man! He hired world news editor Sean Webster as our gondolier, who effortlessly moved us…

Law brings immigration issue back into spotlight

A protestor shouts as he joins thousands attending an immigration rally in the capital of Arizona on April 25. (AP) Across the country, tensions are high after the passage and signing of a new immigration law in Arizona. Last Saturday, from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., protestors were out in full force expressing their dislike…

Softball team earns three seed

With the regular season winding down, the John Carroll University softball team is playing some of its best ball of the year.  Last week the Blue Streaks received outstanding pitching performances in conference, as they pulled off a clutch sweep of the Heidelberg University, winning the games 5-0 and 7-0.  In game one of the…

Don’t throw it away, give it away

End of the year collection brings high expectations

JCU Sports: Weekly Round-Up

Men’s Golf   After being considered one of the favorites for the 2010 Ohio Athletic Conference Championships, the John Carroll University men’s golf team finished in a tie for fifth place, 22 shots behind the top team from Otterbein College. Of the five Blue Streaks that were competing, four fired a 79 on the first 18…

Sher It Like It Is: Is awkward

Not too long ago my friends and I were leaving the cafeteria. When we turned the corner a large group of people were headed toward us. Not thinking, afraid of getting in their way, and actually trying to avoid an awkward moment, I dodged to the side to get out of their way. I reacted…

World Wide Web: Immigrants and ugly chairs

My father is an immigrant. He came to this country from Great Britain when he was 18 years old. With only twenty bucks in his pocket, he got a job, got another job, worked his way through college and sent part of each paycheck back home to his family in England. After college, he landed…

Students march to support immigrants

JCU students participated in Cleveland’s May Day March, which took place in cities across the U.S.

Value the student evaluation forms

At the end of each semester, every professor distributes course evaluation forms to all of their classes. These forms are filled out by the students and put in a sealed envelope that is taken to the department chair. From there, each department can choose how the forms are used for the improvement of the courses. …

Arab League endorses indirect peace talks

After indirect peace discussions between Israel and Palestine stalled in March with Israel’s controversial decision to construct 1,600 homes in East Jerusalem, the Arab League has voted to resume indirect peace proximity talks. These talks, which the United States is set to mediate, are scheduled to resume this week. The announcement to expand Israeli control…

Track and Field wraps up season at OAC Tournament

It was a banner weekend for the Blue Streak men’s and women’s track teams at the Ohio Athletic Conferece Championships, held April 30-May 1 at Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio. Top performances were abundant, as a total of seven JCU athletes earned All-OAC honors.  Leading the charge was junior David Hickey, who ran an…