Articles published in September, 2011

Blue Streaks hockey starts season with consecutive wins over Syracuse

Coming into the season with high expectations for themselves, the John Carroll University ice hockey team knew that they had to make a statement in their first two games of the season this past weekend. The Blue Streaks traveled to Syracuse, NY to begin the 2011 campaign against the host Syracuse University Orange. The team’s…

Are you ready for some baseball?

That’s right, folks. I said it. The famous “Monday Night Football” introduction asks, “Are you ready for some football?” but I’m asking if you’re ready for some baseball instead. Yes, I know the 2011 Major League Baseball season started nearly six months ago. I’m talking about a different kind of baseball  fans need to get…

Men’s soccer upset bid falls short vs. No. 4 Ohio Wesleyan

Written by Cory Biro On Saturday, Sept. 24, the John Carroll University men’s soccer team traveled to Delaware, Ohio to take on the host and No. 4 Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishops. The Blue Streaks came into the match as the obvious underdogs, but knew that if they collectively worked together as a team, that…

Women’s soccer dominates Marietta 6-1

While the rest of campus took a sigh of relief for the start of the weekend, the John Carroll University women’s soccer team headed to Don Shula Stadium on Friday, Sept. 23 with more work to do. Friday was the start of Ohio Athletic Conference play for the team. In a season where they had…

Volleyball struggles at the Pioneer Classic, prepares for OAC play

The John Carroll University women’s volleyball team had a subpar past weekend in Marietta, but will look to rebound with numerous Ohio Athletic Conference competitions coming up on their schedule. After being swept in three games this past weekend at the Pioneer Classic hosted by the Marietta College Pioneers, the Blue Streaks will now look…

JCU Football runs their way to first victory of the season

A week three match-up with the only team in the Ohio Athletic Conference that has never beaten John Carroll could not have come at a better time. John Carroll entered Saturday night’s contest against Marietta 22-0-1 all time. After 60 minutes of pure offense (907 yards and 10 touchdowns), the Blue Streaks squeaked out their…

Columns: I learned it from Twitter

There are two ways in which I view social media. First, as a tool that will greatly enhance society, and second, as a stream of poison that continuously informs us of what is happening around the world while simultaneously disconnecting us from it. For me, it seems as if Twitter has fulfilled the latter. The…

Grasselli Library Turns 50

“This is not your mother’s or your grandmother’s library,” Jeanne Somers said as she welcomed visitors to Grasselli Library on Tuesday, Sept. 27. This fall, the library is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. Somers, the library’s current director was proud to say that Grasselli is moving forward into the world of technology, merging print with digital…

Wendy’s is no longer a ‘square’

For the first time in 42 years, Wendy’s has revamped its staple item, the old fashioned hamburger. Set to arrive on Oct. 4 in Cleveland, Dave’s Hot N’ Juicy burgers were named in honor of founder, the late Dave Thomas. Wendy’s was in heavy pursuit of enhancing its menu, increasing revenue and combating constant competitors…

The healing power of theater proves to put on a show

What do recovering addicts and theater productions have in common? For the men of the Y-Haven Theater Project in Cleveland, everything. The Y-Haven Program is a program for men in recovery for drug and alcohol addiction that provides transitional housing, recovery services, treatment for mental illness, educational training, vocational services and permanent housing placement. Since…

Columns: Technological difficulties

I would be OK if texting was never invented. Same goes for Facebook. I believe those two advancements in technology, though not single-handedly, have furthered the destruction of our generation. I don’t mean to sound like a grandma here, but the reality is they both suck. Granted, I do have a Facebook, and I text…

Columns: Why do people like to be scared?

I love romantic comedies, I’m a fan of chick flicks, and I find animated films to be adorable, but I absolutely hate horror films. My family and friends can attest to the fact that I am a scaredy cat, and I will be the first to admit it. I sleep with the TV on because…

A whole new love for Wilco’s 2011 album

Frontman Jeff Tweedy and his boys are back. After its blander 2009 outing, “Wilco (The Album),” Wilco has come back with a diverse, monster album in line with both its experimental tendencies – like 2002’s “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” – and its roots – as in 1996’s “Being There.” “The Whole Love,” which came out Tuesday,…

A letter for her father

JCU sophomore Bethany Luketic is asking the John Carroll community, via a Facebook event she started recently, for letters of support. Bethany was 3 years old in November 1995, when her father and grandmother went to a bank in Collinwood, on Cleveland’s east side, to take out a loan on a recently purchased house. Tony…

The odds are good for ‘50/50’

Wait, cancer isn’t supposed to be funny, right? Well, Joseph Gordon-Levitt begs to differ. His new movie “50/50” has all the makings of your typical Judd Apatow comedy, with the exception that the main character has cancer. It’s heavier in the drama department, and Judd Apatow is in no way involved in the project. Don’t…

Columns: The road to success

Sunday afternoon my roommates and I received an unexpected phone call. A few hours later, one of the most interesting people I’ve ever met was sitting in our room sharing his remarkable experiences. Fifty-four days ago, Casey Miller began his bike ride across the country in Portland, Ore. with his destination set for Boston. Until…

Midges invade JCU in swarms

With the fall season beginning at John Carroll, Mother Nature is running her course. Not only has the weather begun to change, but tiny mosquito-like insects, known as midges, are flying throughout the air. Many students have probably encountered graveyards of dead midges in the bathrooms of their residence halls or hallways, certainly causing disgust…

Student Union suffers quicksilver senators and exec. board members

Conflicting schedules, off-campus opportunities and inconsistent beliefs of the Student Union’s purpose, among other reasons, has caused the official student government organization to lose five senators and two executive board members this semester. As the semester began, Student Union was without a vice president for communications after junior Trenton Oczypok transferred from John Carroll. Junior…

Empty positions in JCU student government

JCU student government lost five Senators and two executive members due to schedule conflicts, other extra-curricular opportunities and the fact that certain members felt an uncertainty as to the Student Union’s purpose at the University. It is important for students to hold academics to a high regard and fulfill credits for majors and minors, so…

Netflix divides and conquers

On Monday, Sept. 19, Netflix customers woke up to a personalized email that may have changed the company forever. “I messed up. I owe everyone an explanation,” were the opening words written by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. Last July, the company announced their 60 percent price increase which proved upsetting to loyal customers. The company…

Columns: Born to hand-jive, baby

Sometimes when the bass is bumping and the deejay is rocking, I just want to move my body. It’s like the lemurs in “Madagascar” say: “I like to move it, move it.” Unfortunately, I feel that the art of dancing has been lost to our generation’s pop culture. It’s very difficult (though not impossible) to…

‘Footloose’ remake dances its way into the 21st century

A lot of negative buzz has been out about the remaking of a classic film like “Footloose;” however, director Craig Brewer has recreated a film that audiences will love almost as much as the original. Keeping a very similar story line, the new version is easier to follow and more heartfelt, drawing the audience in.…

Grasselli Library turns 50

“This is not your mother’s or your grandmother’s library,” Jeanne Somers said as she welcomed visitors to Grasselli Library on Tuesday, Sept. 27. This fall, the library is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. Somers, the library’s current director was proud to say that Grasselli is moving forward into the world of technology, merging print with digital…

IMF warns of ‘dangerous new phase’ for world economy

Investors aren’t taking to the ongoing talk about Greece’s looming default lightly. On Monday, the European markets witnessed a sharp down turn. According to The New York Times, the euro Stoxx 50 index retreated 2.9 percent. The FTSE 100 shed 2 percent in London, and the DAX dropped 2.8 percent in Frankurt. Some expert economists…

The Reiser's Edge: Where is the money coming from, Mr. President?

This past week as you may know, President Obama proposed a deficit reduction plan. He made it clear that to cover the sky-rocketing deficit, he is going to raise the taxes of high income Americans by letting the Bush-era tax cuts expire. “It is wrong that in the United States of America a teacher or…