Articles published in March, 2012

Health care law faces Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of the United States, although a coequal branch in the United States’ system of government, is often featured much less in media.  Its hearings are largely private and the justices tend to be more reserved than the politicians in Congress or the White House. However, more recently with decisions like Citizens United…

Report finds execution rate up in Middle East

It appears the Arab spring which hit the Middle East last year has caused a surge in executions in the region as well.  A newly released Amnesty International report suggests “a surge of executions in the Middle East has pushed up the known worldwide toll.” The Amnesty report asserted that the rate of executions rose…

Obama visits South Korea

President Barack Obama visited South Korea this past weekend for the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) and pronounced he still was aiming for “a world without nuclear weapons.” This statement came nearly two years after Obama declared that the only purpose of the United States nuclear weapons arsenal is to deter other countries from using…

Obama’s scene

To everyone who has been reading this column for the last couple months, you are probably acutely aware that I have been diverting much of my writing to the Republican Party. This seems like the proper thing to do. After all, this is the party that has yet to decide on a candidate. Furthermore, we…

The Reiser's Edge: Your favorite newspaper

“What’s your favorite newspaper?” my Uncle Frank always asks his nieces and nephews. “The New York Times” and “The Wall Street Journal” are some of the more popular answers, but for him, there’s only one right response. “The correct answer is: none of them,” he’ll tell the unsuspecting cousin of mine as he or she…

Convention fun

For all political watchers out there, I am sure post-Super Tuesday has left us all bewildered and discombobulated. A primary win for Rick Santorum, victory for Mitt Romney, with Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul still coming up empty. Still, the Republican nomination is undecided. There is a chance to defeat an incumbent president and the…

Karzai calls attack that killed 16 ‘act of terror’

Sixteen Afghan civilians were allegedly killed last week by United States Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. Although some witness accounts say there were multiple U.S. soldiers involved, NATO maintains that this was the act of one rogue soldier. Witnesses told The Associated Press that they awoke to the sound of gunfire in their neighborhood. Haji Samad,…

Russian admittance to WTO relies on repeal of debated trade restrictions

The Cold War may have ended over 20 years ago, but some U.S. trade restrictions on Russia still remain on the books. The Jackson-Vanik amendment precludes the United States establishing normal trade relations with a country that is ruled by a communist government. It was also placed on Russia because they restricted emigration of their…

Santorum the enigma

Syrian violence continues as 125 are killed Monday

The streets of Homs are filled with Syrians, outraged at the continued crackdown of President Bashar Assad.  Assad’s security forces killed 125 protesters on Monday, according to multiple news outlets. Due to constraints placed on the local media, there has been no independent corroboration of the body count. The protests, which began last March, have…

Maher raises PAC questions by donating $1 million

Comedian and HBO host Bill Maher, made a surprise $1 million donation before his political comedy show last week to a super PAC called Priorities USA Action. Maher not only pledged his million-dollar support but encouraged wealthy Democrats to follow suit. This astounding declaration was made not just before his audience in San Jose, but…

Mentz’s Minute: Be happy, baseball season is back

In the fall of 2011, I wrote a column welcoming back the NFL from the very publicized NFL lockout. A few months later, I wrote a column welcoming back the NBA from another lengthy, unnecessary lockout. Now, as we approach the month of April, let me be the first to say it: Welcome back, baseball…

Blue Streaks softball hits rough patch, falls to 13-5

After starting the season 12-2, the John Carroll softball team has hit a little bump in the road, dropping three of its last four contests in doubleheaders against Ohio Wesleyan on March 22 and Ohio Northern on March 25 in its Ohio Athletic Conference opener. The Blue Streaks (13-5, 0-2 OAC) split their March 22…

JCU baseball wins two of three on the weekend

Late game heroics and impressive pitching performances helped the John Carroll University baseball team come away with two wins in three games this past weekend. Traveling around the state of Ohio for a lengthy weekend road trip, the Blue Streaks were able to pick up wins over Montclair State University (a 6-4 victory) and Denison…

JCU track and field teams take fourth at Amy Adams Memorial Meet

[Written by Spencer German] Compared to last week’s eight-and-a-half-hour trip, the journey for the JCU men’s and women’s track and field teams was a hop, skip and a jump away this week. The teams headed down to Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio to participate in the Amy Adams Memorial Meet. For the men, it…

Blue Streaks tennis teams struggle against Ohio Northern

[Written by Gabriella Kreuz] Men’s Tennis A three-hour road trip to Ada, Ohio this past weekend didn’t help end the Blue Streaks’ struggles as of late, as JCU fell to the defending league champion Ohio Northern Polar Bears by a score of 8-1 on Saturday, March 24. Junior Ryan Mullaney was the lone point-scorer on…

The Bayer Necessities: #Sadtweet

Congratulations, Generation X – our social media savvy has successfully taken our verbal communication skills to the next level: we are able to express our complete thoughts and feelings in under 140 characters. I believe this is a new low, even for our generation. And unfortunately, it would seem that Twitter has recently been taking…

OurView: FYI: ‘The Hunger Games’ is not ‘Twilight’

Last Friday (March 23) at midnight, I had the pleasure of seeing the movie “The Hunger Games.” I was blown away by the filmmaker’s attention to detail, the cast selection, and more than anything the movie’s faithfulness to the book. The only part of the movie-going experience that I did not enjoy was as I…

Nick's Knack: What is and what is right

The general opinion about the world is that it is filled with corruption and misery. The noble intentions of “Kony 2012” were dimmed by the news that only 30 percent of the company’s income goes to the cause. A dark shadow was further cast over the cause when Jason Russell allegedly frolicked around in his…

Reefer madness

On March 17, a student was arrested in Murphy Hall for attempted drug trafficking and possession of marijuana, along with other drug paraphernalia. It is unacceptable that this is an issue at John Carroll. As students of this University, we must take measures to prevent future indiscretions. Marijuana is an illegal substance, and the possession…

Take a trip through Silent Hill, if you dare

The Silent Hill franchise has taken quite a beating recently. After the lukewarm reception of “Silent Hill 4,” publisher Konami began outsourcing the survival horror juggernaut to western developers. Results have varied from terrible (“Silent Hill: Homecoming”) to excellent but ignored (“Silent Hill: Shattered Memories”). Either way, the series has never again reached the heights…

Letter to the Editor: A humble rebuttal

After reading Brian Bayer’s “Women Pt. 1” in last week’s Carroll News, I have been waiting with bated breath for the exciting second installment, no doubt appearing concurrently to this letter. When I say “bated breath,” I mean it. I wonder how I’ve survived 22 years of estrogen-flooded existence without such an enlightening (and enlightened!)…

Summer movie explosion!

It’s almost summer movie season! It’s the time of year when fight scenes and explosions reign, and all those artsy movies can buzz off. Grab some popcorn and take a seat as The CN gives you the run down on this summer’s biggest flicks. The Avengers (May 4) The movie all you nerds have been…

Alumni Corner: Greg Murphy

I remember it like it happened yesterday. Sometimes I still see the baseball flying deep into the night. It was Oct. 5, 1997, and I was just over a month into my freshman year at John Carroll. The Cleveland Indians were hosting the Yankees in game four of the American League Championship Series. Trailing the…

Cooney Meets World: Please YOLO responsibly

During an important scene in the 1989 movie “Dead Poets Society,” English professor John Keating leads his students out of the classroom on the first day to a trophy room at the boarding school they attend. Keating instructs one of the students to turn to a poem in the textbook called “To the Virgins, to…