Articles published in February, 2012

Rockin’ in a winter wonderland with Brite Winter Music Festival

When one pictures a music festival, the image that probably comes to mind is an outdoor stage on a hot summer day. Cleveland’s local recording studio, Bad Racket, sees things a bit differently. It’s looking to help put on a music festival right here in Cleveland this weekend, in the middle of frigid February. Bad…

Not very memorable: ‘The Vow’

“The Vow” seems like a perfect date movie. Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, who play the lead roles, are fun together and are really what hold the movie up. McAdams and Tatum play a couple, Paige and Leo, who are madly in love. But after a car accident, Paige ends up in a coma and…

Nick's Knack: Let’s win

It is the fifth week of the semester. The weather has been decent for this time of year, but it’s Cleveland and hasn’t remained pleasant for too long. The general conditions of the world right now aren’t the best and it’s difficult to find happiness or success everyday. Fear not, where there is a will…

JCU continues efforts to tackle diversity

It’s no secret that diversity is an ongoing conversation at John Carroll. A Campus Climate Report, which was completed in February 2010, found that faculty, staff, and administrators who identified as “people of color,” rated their perception of discrimination at JCU with an average of 3 out of 4, in which case three corresponded to…

What bedbug infiltration?

On Feb. 1, a single bedbug was found by the housekeeping staff in Hamlin Hall. After a further search was conducted on Feb. 8, no other bedbugs were found. Bedbugs are a widespread problem on college campuses everywhere. They can spread very quickly via students traveling from one college to another. The facilities department took…

The Bayer Necessities: If I die young

As I was listening to the radio the other day, I heard the song “If I Die Young” by The Band Perry. Throughout the song, Kimberly Perry makes a very keen observation – life is fragile. You really never know when it’s going to be your time to exit stage left. Last week, I had…

Letter to the Editor: Core revisions

We are writing in response to “Core changes in the works,” in the Feb. 9 issue of The Carroll News.  The information presented in this article is outright wrong on some points and seriously misleading on others, beginning with its headline. No changes to the core curriculum have been approved, nor are any “slated to…

Ignatius to get nicer home

The John Carroll trademark statue of St. Ignatius of Loyola, more commonly known as “St. Iggy,” will soon be surrounded by quite the array of scenery. Currently, the statue of St. Ignatius stands in front of St. Francis Chapel, right in the heart of campus. The statue, given to JCU’s campus on the 35th reunion…

‘Tramp’ trumps and leaves you wanting more

In a day and age where the path of women singer-songwriters is being blazed by the likes of Ingrid Michaelson and Regina Spektor, it’s easy to forget the artists that have been influenced by their predecessors of the quickly staling genre. Sharon Van Etten does not fall into the pit of irrelevancy like so many…

Bedbug found, nipped in Hamlin

Sleeping tight and not letting the bedbugs bite took on a whole new meaning in Hamlin Hall over the past couple of weeks. A member of the housekeeping staff found a single bedbug in the public bathroom in the basement of Hamlin on Feb. 1. After a search of the residence hall was conducted on…

Cooney Meets World: Good McMorning

Are you lovin’ it? If you aren’t, then you might want to. Who doesn’t like “two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun” (in moderation, of course)? If you haven’t driven down Warrensville Center Road in the last week and noticed the new McDonald’s restaurant, then I’d say you…

Graciously Gaffney: Trial by error

Bad decisions. We all make them, and sometimes they’re unavoidable. Bad decisions are a fact of life, a part of the process of learning and growing up. There are different types of bad decisions, too. Some are life-changing bad decisions, which substantially alter your life. Then there are the other bad decisions that make for…

OurView: My life in lights

As a political science minor and with a love for broadcast journalism, I’ve come to know Washington, D.C. as a political junkie’s Hollywood. When I arrived in D.C. a month ago for my internship with C-SPAN, I knew spotting House Speaker John Boehner or Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in person would have been like…

Obama, Santorum winners in CBS/New York Times polls

Despite all the fervor surrounding the Republican presidential candidates, it seems President Obama can sit well knowing, according to a CBS News/The New York Times  poll released Tuessday, that he is ahead of all of them. Of the four remaining candidates, former Gov. Mitt Romney sits closest to the incumbent president by posting 42 percent…

Santorum’s wins shakes up race

Never in recent United States presidential elections has a political party’s nomination race been so competitive.  There have been small comparisons, such as the Hilary Clinton–Barack Obama race in 2008, but that is rather tame when viewing the primary season of 2012. Looking back at the 2011 pre-election cycle, there had been rotating leaders. Mitt…

Clarifications on possible curriculum changes

Last week, The Carroll News printed a story titled “Core changes in the works.” Many parts of this article were not accurate, and on behalf of The CN editorial board, I apologize for the inaccuracy and incompletion of the article. The following addendums and revisions to last week’s article are based on a meeting with…

Making your voice known

Since our political system was established all those years ago, we have faced many actions. Of all the activities and people who come out of this great nation, one of the best known is the protester. This individual, believing he/she has been wronged, and must make a situation better. As a result, they take to…

Interview: The talented Booboo Stewart

Booboo Stewart is not only an actor, but he is also a writer, a model, a dancer, a stuntman and a musician. He also plays Seth Clearwater in the massively successful “Twilight” film series.  Booboo traveled to Cleveland last week to promote the DVD and Blu-ray release of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I.” …

Ignatius installations

Since 1997, the St. Ignatius statue has been one of the most recognizable landmarks on John Carroll’s campus. Over the past year, the Office of Alumni Relations and the facilities department have been discussing the addition of a brick walkway and water feature to the campus and, this fall, the area around St. Ignatius was…

Athens protests turn violent

  Protesters in Athens, Greece damaged 153 small businesses on Sunday, and destroyed 45 of them, reported the National Confederation of Greek Commerce. The protests were in response to the government’s attempts to identify exactly where it will make an additional €325 million in cuts from its budget. The cuts are necessary to secure the…

Councilman, alumnus Joe Cimperman returns to JCU

In 1991, before many current JCU students were even born, Joe Cimperman was already a major voice in local politics. He stood in a black suit before the JCU student body, having just been elected Student Union president. Twenty years later, Cimperman once again stood before the student body, this time as a long-time member…

The Reiser's Edge: The Church’s logical argument

Freedom of religion is held as a pillar of freedom here in the home of the brave. So important in fact the first of the Bill of Rights begins like this, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” So what is all this dissension over between…

19 Americans detained by Egyptian government

Late last year, Egyptian authorities raided offices of multiple pro-democracy groups, including two groups associated with the Republican and Democratic parties in the U.S., seizing documents, computers, cell phones and cash, and shutting down the organizations pending a criminal investigation. At the time, the unprecedented raid dealt a major blow to U.S.-Egyptian relations. In early…

Modern American leadership

Campaign 2012 is everything but monumental. It has an incumbent running for reelection, and his popularity is in question. There are challengers who all want the job and who are all saying the same message, but acting as though one’s decision is better than the others. There seem to be only minor questions regarding the…

US imposes economic sanctions on Iran

With the fear of Iran emerging as the next nuclear weapons state, Washington stepped up their economic sanctions on Monday. The new mandates give U.S. banks the ability to freeze assets associated with the Iranian government. Iran has admitted it has enriched uranium up to 20 percent which makes it much easier to turn that…