Articles published in March, 2011

World Wide Web: Where is our Day of Rage?

Ohioans gathered outside the statehouse to rally against senate bill 5 on March 29 in Columbus, Ohio. The bill would strip public employees of collective bargaining rights. (AP) This is my 43rd and final column for The Carroll News. Next week, the World News section will be in the hands of Michael Reiser, and I’m…

Once unshakable, Syria rocked by protests

Anti-Syrian government protesters shout slogans as they protest after Friday prayers in Damascus, Syria, on March 25. (AP) The unprecedented wave of protests in Syria have violently continued and spread across the country for a second week. Syria’s importance to the Middle East is vital. They are supporters of Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah, all condemned…

Yemen political chaos continues, U.S. remains cautious in making decision on what to do

As the epidemic of revolution spreads across the Arab world, Yemen finds itself the next victim. Political turmoil and disputes between radicals and non-radicals alike are splintering the Arab nation. Much of the initial and primary focus has been centered on President Abdullah Saleh. In office since 1978, President Saleh has found himself a victim…

The Reiser's Edge: What rough beast slouches toward U.S.?

Imagine a modern day Abraham Lincoln, arguably the greatest president in American history, running for president in 2012 under the Republican ticket. Even for the hardcore liberal, this sounds pretty appetizing. In fact, I think he would win an election facing any other American historical figure, past or present. Now imagine a candidate of his…

On road to democracy, not all Egyptian voices are heard

Egypt's Coptic Christian leader Pope Shenouda III, center, is greeted by hundreds of Christians as he leaves a polling station in Cairo, Egypt, on March 19, after he voted in a referendum on constitutional amendments. (AP) After Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was forced to resign on Feb. 11, the military suspended the constitution and appointed…

Libyan rebels aided by no-fly zone

Libyan rebels celebrating at a checkpoint in eastern Libya on March 27. (AP) Ever since coalition bombs starting falling on forces loyal to Muammar Gadhafi, the loyalists have been retreating. The U.S.-supported rebels, who had been pushed right up to their capital of Benghazi, seized the opportunity and swiftly advanced westward. Such was the initial…

Nagy, Simpson shine as Carroll performs ‘Medea’

As the saying goes, “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” If there was ever a woman that could make Hades himself run scared back to the underworld, it’s Medea of Greek mythology. John Carroll University, under the direction of Karen Gygli, brought Medea and her thirst for vengeance to life on the stage…

Read all about it: Newspaper stands relocated

Some of the newspaper stands holding The New York Times, The Plain Dealer and USA Today have changed location.

Spring Concert gets ‘some more’ attendance

Spring Concert attendance more than doubles after admission is made free for students.

License to Gill: Why worry so much?

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.” Why do we spend so much time worrying? Why do we let the small troubles of everyday life get the best of us? Letting worries control our minds can be dangerous. Often worries paralyze us. They…

Softball sweeps non-conference foe Ohio Wesleyan

The John Carroll University softball team took care of business last week as they swept non-conference foe Ohio Wesleyan University on the road in Delaware, Ohio last Friday. The twin-bill ended a 13-day layoff as the Blue Streaks last competed in Florida during their spring trip on March 12. The first game of the doubleheader…

Name That Toon!: 3-31-2011

What the toon doesn’t say about the tune: “I was oogling and oggling, little did they know that for me they were modeling”…

OurView: Be who you are

I have one last semester in college, where I’ll be spending my time enjoying four day weekends and three day weeks. Taking 21 credits this semester, I barely remember what it feels like to have time for myself. Between internships, interviews and an indescribably lousy ex-boyfriend, I’m ready to enjoy a new-found freedom. People tell…

Blue Streak Athletics Weekend Round-Up: March 23-27

Swimming and Diving Four members of JCU’s men’s swimming and diving team earned their way all the way to the 2011 NCAA Division III National Championships in Knoxville, Tenn. Juniors Jimmy Ranallo, Brennan Schloendorn, Alex Vereshchagin and freshman Nick Holvey competed in a total of six events at the championships. Starting things off last Wednesday,…

Tim's Turn: NBA? No Thanks.

I’m still bitter LeBron James left Cleveland, but after watching the NCAA Tournament the past few weeks, I care less and less about his departure. Quite frankly, I had to be reminded early last week that James and the Miami Heat were coming to Cleveland. I went to the Cavs/Heat game at Quicken Loans Arena…

‘Where We Begin’ a comfortable, quiet nostalgia

JCU ‘09 alum Sam Brenner releases first album on iTunes

Disturbing theme gives Zack Snyder film a deserving ‘Sucker Punch’

Film Review 'Sucker Punch'

That's what See said: That came quicker than expected

A group of wise men once said, “[We’re] sick and tired of hearin’ all these people talk about, ‘What’s the deal with this pop life and when is it gonna fade out?’ Then you got to realize what we [sic] doin’ is not a trend, we [sic] got the gift of melody, we [sic] gonna…

Baseball team ready for conference play

It is said that youth springs eternal. No baseball team in the Ohio Athletic Conference wants that statement to hold water more than the John Carroll University Blue Streaks. With five underclassmen starters, the Blue Streaks have less experience than any other team in the conference. Although they lost two games against conference opponents this…

The New Strokes: Democracy in action

You can do a lot with five years. The Strokes have chosen not to do drugs anymore. Having moved beyond the stereotypical rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle that was admittedly ruining their music and the band, their new record, “Angles,” sees them reinventing and rediscovering the music that made them rock stars in the first place.…

Beqaj offers clear path for job-seekers to find happiness

For graduating seniors, the question they start hearing around Winter Break from everyone is, “So what will you be doing after school?” Students’ immediate reaction is usually a scratching of the head as they feel the weight of the “real world” pressing on their shoulders and the ominous realization of graduation quickly becomes the elephant…

Britney hits us baby one more time

On March 29, pop-sensation Britney Spears will be releasing her seventh studio album, “Femme Fatale.” As a follow-up to 2008’s “Circus,” Spears’ new album is compiled of 12 tracks on the normal edition, and 16 on the deluxe version. The first single, “Hold It Against Me” was released on Jan. 10, after being leaked online…

A Phiner Bistro masters the art of healthy food and hospitality

While a restaurant with the philosophy of instilling happiness in its customers doesn’t seem like the ideal recipe for success to many, A Phiner Bistro has the perfect elements to give other small restaurant owners a run for their money. Owner Phiner Dike (pronounced feena deekay) places just as much emphasis on her customers as…

‘Spider-Man’ Broadway musical loses long-time director

After nearly four months of critically planned performances and nine years of rigorous preparation, the Broadway rock musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” has lost its director Julie Taymor. The Tony-winning director officially left the production due to creative differences with the show’s longtime co-creators/lyricists U2’s Bono (The Edge) and has been replaced by a…

NPR fights against criticism, spending cuts

Imagine getting in the car on the way to work or the store and scanning the radio for the news, but being unable to find it. You scan for the NPR affiliate, but it is missing. That is the future that 27.5 million NPR listeners could face this time next year, as a cloud of…