Articles published in October, 2011

The Jenn is mightier: Apple CEO must ripen creative skills quickly, or else

He was the man in the black turtleneck who turned a bitten apple into a multi-national icon. Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs has passed, leaving techies and others around the world mourning not only his death, but the future of modern technology without such a visionary. Intellectual comparisons of Jobs to Thomas Edison…

Nick's Knack: Take me home tonight

We are now in our seventh week of school. Tension has been rising because of midterms. Many high school relationships are starting to falter due to distance and the wealth of new experiences college life presents. This is also the time when some freshman begin to really miss home. Sure there are the obvious reasons…

Columns: Healing to wear heels

When I was in high school I suffered a serious injury. I ruptured my achilles tendon while playing a soccer game at Cleveland State University.
It’s interesting that this happened to me when I was 16 years old. Usually this injury happens to middle-age men who try to play a pick up sports game on…

The Bayer Necessities: Sweetest Day

Ready to satisfy your sweet tooth? For me, the answer to that question is always a resounding “yes.” Vending machines are my friends, and confection is perfection. So this week, in honor of Sweetest Day on Saturday, I am dedicating my column to the Willy Wonkas of the world.
And how better to do this…

Phishing messages scamming JCU community

Over the past several weeks JCU students have been receiving warning messages about scam emails called phishing messages.
This is a problem because phishing emails are spam mail disguised as being from reliable sources that hijack accounts of those who open the message.
Though ITS at JCU catches some of these phishing messages, the University…

New lights brighten the future of campus safety

This summer, a housing consulting group advised the installment of additional campus lighting.
The need for more lighting has been identified repeatedly by students. While walking to and from various campus activities and locations at night, students felt unsafe with the level of darkness they had to walk through. Some of the lights that are…

OurView: Let this college town flourish

Don’t worry. This isn’t just some unorganized complaint as I babble on and on about how the local cops “have no lives” and “are out to get people.” Regardless of whether those statements are accurate or not, the local cops aren’t the only ones whose attention I would like to get. That’s right, JCU resident…

Cleveland goes under the sea

Cleveland’s new catch has the community buzzing.
The historic Powerhouse building on the West Bank of the Flats in downtown Cleveland went through a $33 million transformation to become the Greater Cleveland Aquarium.
Originally set to open this month, the date has now been pushed back to December.
“We made design improvements, especially around the…

Meet Cosmopolitan’s Ohio bachelor

Every year Cosmopolitan magazine holds its “Cosmo Bachelor of the Year” contest. In its November issue, the magazine features one bachelor from each of the 50 states, plus Washington, D.C., and one takes the title of Cosmo “Bachelor of the Year” and a $10,000 prize. Last year, the winner was Cleveland and JCU alum Ryan…

Blink-182′s new album fails

It’s been 11 years since Blink-182 exploded onto the music scene asking the question, “What’s my age again?” With their latest LP, titled “Neighborhoods,” the answer to that question is, “kind of old.”
“Neighborhoods” is a pretty big deal. It’s the pop-punk trio’s first album in eight years, and the expectations have been mounting since…

The Reiser's Edge: America’s sound and fury

If you’ve been following the news lately, you may have noticed the wide variety of stories circling around the media outlets.
But for me, there seems to be a common thread which rounds them up and sews them together – confusion.
Republicans were dismayed Tuesday morning by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s decision not to…

Syrian uprising takes violent turn

The uprising in Syria is into its seventh month, with no signs of stopping despite the best efforts of the Syrian government to slow it down.  President Bashar al-Assad has seen protests across the country since March 15 calling for the end of his rule.
Following in the footsteps of the people in Tunisia, Egypt…

‘Occupy Wall Street’ protest continues into third week

This past September, a group of demonstrators with the intention to “Occupy Wall Street,” began protesting their concerns of greed, the role that corporations play in politics, the inequality of social classes, and the gap between the richest 1 percent of the country and the remaining 99 percent.
Some members indicate that the original plan…

Europe debate over bailout fund nears decision

Greece announced that it will not be able to hit its projected deficit target for 2011 this past Sunday. In order to correct these problems, Greece has conjured up yet another austerity plan to further tighten the countries spending going into 2012.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Greece’s deficit this year, which is approximately…

Obama finding support evasive for proposed American Jobs Act

It has been nearly a month since President Barack Obama presented the American Jobs Act.
The nearly $450 billion proposal is designed to help jump start the economy. But it appears that with the divided Congress it will be impossible for Obama to gain the necessary support in either chamber.
In the House, Majority Leader…

GOP still seeking 2012 candidate

From the whirlwind of the last four weeks, Americans have seen the lead for the Republican candidacy see-saw back and forth.
Everyone saw the obvious, such as the back and forth of perhaps the two most vivid candidates in the past month, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
What no one…

The Reiser's Edge: California students walk the line

Even though he definitely would not be ideologically in tune with them, former World News Editor Sean Webster must be proud of the political activism of a few students on Berkeley College’s campus in California. The students belong to a Republican student group and are raising money in the timeless fashion of a bake sale.…

Women win suffrage in Saudi Arabia

The 87-year-old King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia took a massive step in improving women’s equality when he ruled that they are eligible to vote. However, they will still not be able to vote in this week’s elections.
They will have to wait until 2015. But that delay has not stifled the excitement.
“We’re so excited.…

Americans held prisoners by Iran return home

What can one do in the span of 781 days?  Maybe achieve a difficult task. Perhaps learn a new language or merely take up the time for travel.
For Shane Bauer, his fiancée Sarah Shourd, and their friend Joshua  Fattal, their 781 days  in Iranian prison were anything but joyous, but rather a fight to…

High unemployment rates still remain in West and South

The nation’s unemployment problems just won’t seem to go away.
In a report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on regional and state employment, 26 states and Washington, D.C., reported increases in unemployment, while only 12 reported unemployment decreases from July to August.
The national unemployment rate remained the same at 9.1 percent from…

OurView: The experience of a retreat

A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to attend Campus Ministry’s Guidance Retreat. You may be wondering, “What’s the Guidance Retreat?” When I sat down and opened up my email account to see the invitiation, I was asking myself the same thing.
The email was vague and even after reading it over a few…

JCU hosts University Heights candidate forum

Candidates for four open seats on University Heights City Council participated in a forum held Tuesday night in the Jardine Room in the Lombardo Student Center. The event was moderated by Elizabeth Stiles, a JCU political science professor and director of the master’s program in non-profit management.
“I think it’s great that John Carroll is…

Candidates participate in forum at JCU

On Tuesday evening, University Heights City Council candidates participated in a forum in the Jardine Room. The forum consisted of a question and answer segment and allowed for opening and closing statements from each of the candidates.
The City of University Heights and John Carroll haven’t had the most amenable relationship history. The candidates’ participation…

Streaks play their ‘Cards’ right

Before Saturday, the Blue Streaks’ senior class had never tasted victory against Otterbein, losing each of their last three contests to the Cardinals.
A fourth straight loss to Otterbein would not be in store.
On Homecoming 2011, the Blue Streaks outlasted the Cardinals in double overtime, 47-41, in yet another offensive showcase (12 touchdowns and…

Columns: It’s the end of the world as we know it

The European financial system is slipping quickly into the grips of debt and anxiety.
Earthquakes that once struck only the west coast have shaken the eastern states; and hurricanes of torrential strength have climbed out of the Gulf coast region and onto our doorstep. Prophecies, ancient and modern, have been made about the apocalypse and…