Articles published in March, 2012

Contraceptive controversy

On Feb. 14, 47 faculty members signed and sent a letter to the Rev. Robert Niehoff, S.J. petitioning the University’s policy on insurance coverage of contraception. The current policy of the Catholic Church prohibits the use of any contraceptives. The insurance policy of the University is consistent with the Church’s view and does not cover…

Letter to the Editor: Letter to the Rev. Robert Niehoff, S.J.

We, the faculty of John Carroll University named below, are committed to freedom of conscience and religious liberty. We believe that the American Catholic bishops have the right to proclaim Catholic teaching vigorously and loudly. However, we also believe that access to contraception is central to the health and well being of women and children.…

Hair metal plus hip-hop equals success for Sleigh Bells

Sleigh Bells ring again with their new album “Reign of Terror.” Are you listening? But seriously. Listen. And excuse the cheesy allusion to the Christmas carol. The Brooklyn duo back up their ultra-loud first release, 2009’s “Treats,” with a strong sophomore effort. Producer/guitarist Derek Miller’s intricate, guitar-based melodies and beats keep the hip-hop feel from…

The Bayer Necessities: Conspiracy

Last week, The Washington Post announced that Indiana lawmaker Bob Morris believes the Girl Scouts of America promote homosexuality and abortion and act as a tactical wing of Planned Parenthood. I should have known that these cookie-pedaling monsters were conspiring with Planned Parenthood when they released their newest cookie this year: Fudge End-it-nows. I always…

Local actor stars in ‘Project X’

Oliver Cooper, from Sylvania Township, a suburb of Toledo, Ohio, stars in his first lead role in the film “Project X,” a new flick from the makers of “The Hangover” about a high school party that gets way out of control. Cooper, a young actor in his early 20s, graduated from Northview High School in…

It’s Spring Break, baby!

The middle of the second semester marks a milestone in the school year of the typical college student: 20-year-olds packing cars destined for Panama City for a crazy week basking in the party scene. Diligent students putting down the books and picking up the suntan lotion. Girls trade in their Ugg boots and henley sweaters…

Residence Life to make changes

For students who might have missed their floor meetings last week, there have been some changes to JCU’s 2012-13 housing selection process. The deadline for applications is midnight tonight (March 1). With the recent increase in tuition in the upcoming academic year, the cost of room and board will now include a standard double room…

‘21 Jump Street’ – re-done and well-done

In recent years, Hollywood has become a barren wasteland absolutely void of creative ideas. Trying to find ideas for movies, they ruffle through books, old TV shows, video games and even board games. If they can’t after that, they remake movies that have already been made. They recycle the same old crap over and over…

Sexual assault reported on campus

An instance of sexual battery was reported in the John Carroll University Campus Safety Services crime log on Feb. 5. Associate Dean of Students Donna Byrnes said “sexual battery” is more of a police term. The University classifies it as “sexual assault,” and it encompasses any action that violates JCU’s Sex Offense Policy under the…

Nick's Knack: Progressing backward

There is the constant impression that everything we do should be improved upon. In fact, progress seems to be an innate part of the human condition. Day in and day out, we, as students, are generally working on improving our knowledge or abilities on a given subject. In turn, our grades will improve. That will…

Contraception & the Church: The discussion reaches JCU

On Feb. 14, the contraception debate arrived at JCU. The Rev. Robert Niehoff, S.J. received a signed statement from 47 faculty members, nearly a quarter of the entire faculty, requesting Niehoff work with presidents of other Catholic colleges and universities to urge the bishops to reduce the intensity of their rhetoric and endorse a policy…

Graciously Gaffney: Communicate your words

This week on “Meet the Press,” moderator David Gregory interviewed Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum. There are a lot of things on which I do not agree with Rick Santorum (like most of what he says). He talked about fellow Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, and the upcoming primaries. He also spent some time defending…

Armbruster, Gulick nominated for Nantz Award in broadcasting

Two John Carroll students were recently named to the Jim Nantz Award watch list, comprised of potential students for the 2012 sportscasting award. Junior Brendan Gulick and sophomore Dale Armbruster shared the honor. “Making the watch list is truly humbling. There are thousands of collegiate sportscasters across the country, and I’m truly honored to be…

OurView: An awkward embrace

Everyone knows what it’s like to feel awkward. Let’s face it, most of us can’t go a day without having at least one awkward encounter. It happens to me all the time. Often it’s just the usual. You wave at someone and then they don’t wave back so you just have to stand there grinning…

Cooney Meets World: Remember Chardon

On Monday morning – just like any other morning – I sleepily shut off my alarm clock, climbed down from my bunk bed and grabbed a quick shower before the cleaning crew arrived to kick me out. I pulled on my clothes and opened my computer to scan the Web for the morning’s news. When…