Articles published in December, 2011

Senate passes law scrutinizing trade with China

The Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act of 2011 passed the United States Senate with a vote of 79-19 early this October. This bipartisan legislation will now move on to the U.S. House of Representatives, and if passed, it will go to President Obama. Although this legislation does not specifically mention China as a potential…

California governor passes law allowing aid for illegal immigrants

To many, the United States is commonly known as the land of opportunity. It contains 50 states that are distinct in their own way, but perhaps none are more distinguishable than California. The largest and most diverse in population, it has led our nation with its many innovations. Once again, it did not fail to…

Egyptian Christians protest violence

In response to the destruction of a Christian Coptic church in the southern city of Aswan, Egypt’s Coptic Christians staged a peaceful demonstration in front of the state’s radio and television building last Sunday. The demonstrations quickly turned violent as protesters and security forces clashed creating the deadliest spark of violence in months. Most of…

Obama proposes South Korean Free Trade Agreement

President Barack Obama submitted a free trade agreement (FTA) to South Korea,  along with similar deals for Panama and Colombia to Congress on Monday. Obama has been pushing Congress to pass the bills arguing that it would be mutually beneficial. South Korean President Lee Myung-bak left his country to personally meet Obama on Thursday regarding…

Reach for the skies: ‘Skyward Sword’ impresses

When the Nintendo Wii was released in 2006, it promised a revolution in gaming. Motion controls were the future, and would give the player complete control of their in-game actions. Yet, for the most part, the Wii was littered with lazy, gimmicky games that tacked on “waggle” controls in ineffective and often annoying ways. If…

John Carroll students share their New Year’s resolutions

It’s almost that time of the year again where people make promises to themselves that they rarely keep: New Year’s resolutions. With the movie “New Years Eve,” starring Zac Efron, Sarah Jessica Parker, Robert De Niro and Halle Berry, coming out this holiday season, The Carroll News asked JCU students what their resolutions are. Email…

Columns: A gingerbread dream

Last night, as I was nestled all snug in my bed, visions of sugarplums danced in my head.   My dreams just went wild as I continued to snooze, so I wrote them all down in this tabloid of news.   Less than three weeks ‘til Christmas, I realized with joy. This thought made me…

Simon Pegg: from cult star to action hero

The Carroll News: Can you tell us a little bit about what your motion capture experience was on “The Adventures of Tintin?”   Simon Pegg: It was very new for everybody, even Steven Spielberg because it was his first motion capture film. I think we were all on our first day of school to some…

Residence halls get wrecked

Resident assistant Emmett Morton had just completed a round in Murphy Hall and came back to the duty office to continue his shift one evening earlier in the semester. “We were down in the office. We’d only been there maybe 15 minutes when someone came and got us,” Morton said. The person said to head…

Columns: Creative Mr. Claus

Another year of decking the halls, hanging stockings and sipping eggnog means that it’s Christmastime; the time to start making your wish list and go shopping for items on the lists of others. Maybe it’s my lack of creativity in buying Christmas presents, but in my opinion, something has got to change this year. The…

Columns: A childlike way of life

One of the most interesting aspects about life is the innocence of being a child. Children don’t worry about who is watching them sing and dance; they simply do so as their little hearts desire. I noticed this when I was babysitting this past weekend. I babysat three girls, all under the age of eight.…

The final preparation

Procrastination. Caffeine. Anxiety. The Grasselli Library. That is life around campus right now. For most students, those words resonate heavily with them this week as they embark on the dreaded “Finals Week.” From Dec. 12 until Dec. 16, students will be deep into their studies, but there are a few things they can do to…

OurView: The power of goodbye

God has blessed me with a lot in my life, but one thing I haven’t received enough of is closure. I loathe abrupt changes with little to no explanation. So, for the times that I haven’t received closure from those in my life, I want to make sure that in my final semester, in my…

Columns: Being in nothingness

It is a giving time of the year. I’m sure that among the many thoughts rushing through your minds, the question of what you want or what you should get someone else for Christmas or Hanukkah has been prevalent. In a conversation I was having on this subject last week, the topic of appreciation came…

Students break the bond of trust

There has been an increased problem with students destroying property in residence halls, particularly in Murphy and Hamlin Hall. To this point, the culprits have not been identified. However, to prevent this from happening again, the University and students need to take action now. Dormitories are supposed to be comfortable places for students to live…