Articles published in November, 2010

World Wide Web: Four and a half minutes in Zardari’s shoes

For the next four and a half minutes, imagine that you’re Asif Ali Zardari, the president of Pakistan. You’re looking westward at your neighbor, Afghanistan, and you see an unstable Afghan government plagued by corruption. You see a weak Afghan military incapable of protecting civilians – let alone defeating the Taliban – without American support.…

GOP takes House, sends message to Obama

Last Tuesday’s House elections turned out to be a landslide victory for Republican candidates across the country, halfway through President Barack Obama’s first term in office.  In order to regain the majority, Republicans needed to gain 39 seats. But for angry voters and Tea Party activists, the simple majority wasn’t enough. Sixty seats were picked…

World Wide Web: The burden of the working class

I feel like most students who read my column don’t make it past the first three paragraphs. So if it’s okay with you, I’m going to write it bass ackwards this week. Here’s my conclusion: Republicans want to put the entire responsibility of reducing the nation’s record-setting debt and deficit on the shoulders of the…

Alumni donations are on the rise

John Carroll University has high goals for fundraising this year. The University is hoping to raise $15 million by the end of this fiscal year, which is May 31. This goal includes cash donations as well as pledges. Thus far, the University has raised $12 million of that goal.  Last year the University raised $16.7…

English department to offer new sampler course

Under the supervision of Debby Rosenthal, associate professor and director of graduate studies, a new English course is being offered to John Carroll students. The course is worth one credit and is pass/fail.  Available this spring, “Special Topics: A Literary Sampler” (EN 199-51) will meet the first seven weeks of the semester on Tuesdays and…

“We the People” coordinator wins award

Shirley Seaton, John Carroll University’s liaison for community affairs, has been awarded the 2010 Founders Award by the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education. The award recognizes dedication to law-related education.  The Founders Award is the highest honor given by OCLRE each year.  According to Seaton, the board of trustees of OCLRE told her that her…

Letter to the Editor: Student Union elections

Last Thursday the Student Body voted for the new Student Union Executive Board. The voice of the student body was heard loud and clear. The question I pose is what group of people was listening to their cries? The group of candidates running for election to represent the students seemed to be very lacking.  The…

The Bayer Necessities: Compete!

There are two types of energy: potential and kinetic. Potential is the kind of energy that has the possibility of doing something great; kinetic is when that possibility becomes a reality. Last weekend, I had the opportunity to be one of 104,000 fans in Beaver Stadium who watched Coach Joe Paterno lead the Penn State…

Tim's Turn: Starting salaries need to slow down

Like most seniors, I have one eye on making sure I do everything I need to graduate and one eye toward what’s next, whether it be graduate school or going out and finding a job. If I decide to go look for employment, I often wonder what kind of money I have the potential to…

Mid-term Elections hit home: JCU students find ways to make a difference in local and national elections

Mid-term elections finally came to a close this past week. As college students, sometimes it can be hard to remember to vote with all that is going on (including studying, extracurricular activities, social events, etc.). John Carroll students still found the time to pay attention to the issues and vote in either their home elections…

New leaders are chosen

Three unopposed candidates, two close races, and a new president highlighted last week’s Student Union executive board elections.  Overall, 835 students – 28.1 percent – voted in this year’s election. “I feel like [the turnout] could have been a lot higher, but I know that through door-to-door efforts, every candidate did all they could to…

The Greener Side: Carpe diem

I’m not someone who thinks the best part of life will end after college.  I hate when people say, “It’s all down hill from here” or some other clichéd variation of the same idea that fun dies when a degree is earned.  I am graduating in a little more than a month, and, as a…

JCU football team drops heartbreaker to Heidelberg

Great offensive numbers plus bad defensive numbers equals an awful lot of points. That formula appeared to fit last Saturday’s game to a tee when the Blue Streaks took on the Student Princes of Heidelberg University. In a game that featured more than 1,000 yards of combined offense and ten touchdowns, it was ironic that…

Men’s soccer team has season ended by the ‘Berg

With a 1-0 loss to top-seeded Heidelberg on Nov. 4, John Carroll University men’s soccer closed the books on yet another season.  The Blue Streaks had little time to mend the wounds of an inauspicious run that saw them lose four of their last six regular season Ohio Athletic Conference contests. Nevertheless, the quarterfinal matchup…

Concussions are covered at JCU

It’s no secret that suffering a concussion can change an athlete’s career in the blink of an eye.  During recent years, concussions in sports have become more and more of a concern. Coaches, trainers, and even the athletes themselves have to be much more aware and informed when dealing with a concussion.  Professional sports leagues…

Name That Toon!: 11-11-2010

What the toon doesn’t say about the tune: “It’s like I sent my love with a text two times.”…

YourView: Student Union elections

Last Thursday the Student Body voted for the new Student Union Executive Board. The voice of the student body was heard loud and clear!  The question I pose is what group of people was listening to their cries? The group of candidates running for election to represent the students seemed to be very lacking.  The…

Betas go national

The Beta Theta Pi fraternity at John Carroll University was installed as an official national chapter last weekend.  Previously, Beta Theta Pi was the only group of Greeks on campus that had yet to be recognized as an official chapter. They existed only as a colony, which is a fraternity or sorority that has just…

Sher It Like It Is: Still wants to be a babysitter

Every weekend I do something wonderful. I come home late and I’m a little tired, but I have earned a fistful of cash that will get me through the week. Sometimes I work twice in one weekend. I am a babysitter.  It is a great job. From my estimations, babysitters in University Heights make between…

OurView: Stop the madness

You know what bothers me? The destruction of property. It upsets me when someone damages someone else’s belongings.  I can’t grasp the concept of enjoying the act of destroying anything, let alone something that isn’t a part of my own possessions. I am making this argument because it seems that at John Carroll, some people…

JCU website receives facelift

The John Carroll University website has been undergoing consistent changes since spring of this year. These changes are intended to make it more navigable and user-friendly. Just one year after being hired, John Carfagno took charge of this project. To assist in this task, Carfagno hired Mike Richwalsky, an experienced university website designer. This team…

That's what See said: Don’t pretend to know what you don’t

Growing up my mom used to call me Mr. Know-it-all because, apparently, I thought I knew everything. Now I’m older and she still calls me that because, apparently, I still think I know everything. I don’t. It’s OK though, because I don’t have to. Nobody knows everything. If anyone did that would be absurd. I…

Diversity Task Force reports to SU

The Diversity Task Force at John Carroll University delivered a report of its two-year study of diversity at the University to the Student Union on Oct. 25.  Student Union needs to discuss the study and create initiatives that promote a more inclusive and diverse campus community immediately based on the guidelines offered by the Task…

Name That Toon!: 11-4-2010

What the toon doesn’t say about the tune: “Cheers to the girls throw a deuce to the guys.”…

Colbert, Stewart hold rally in D.C.

Comedian Stephen Colbert shouts to the crowd during the “Rally to Restore Sanity (and/or Fear)” on the National Mall in Washington on Oct. 30. (AP) The much anticipated “Rally to Restore Sanity (and/or Fear)” was held this past Saturday on the National Mall in Washington D.C. by Comedy Central duo Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.…