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This year, look forward

September 10th, 2012

Three years ago, I walked into a half-empty room in Sutowski Hall and moved in with my bins of stuff. At the time, all I could see in front of me were empty walls; I had no idea what was going to transpire over the next few years. Was I going to like John Carroll? Could I expand my comfort zone, as college requires us to do?

The answer to both of those questions turned out to be “yes.”

Thinking ahead is something I’ve further developed throughout my college years up to this point. As the leader of an important campus organization, forward-thinking is a necessity. That quality is also especially crucial this year because it’s my last year at John Carroll.

We have a lot to look forward to … so let’s highlight some of the big things going on this year.

Number one on the list is the most important: Election 2012. It really needs no explanation – you’ve probably seen enough campaign ads to last you until the next presidential election. The Republicans had their convention last week, and it was the Democrats’ turn this week. Face-to-face debates between President Obama and Mitt Romney will start about a month from now. The first is on Oct. 3 in Denver.

I’m looking forward to how the election will shape up on campus. We college students have issues that uniquely affect us: the rising cost of college education and prospects in the job market. Last semester, The Carroll News highlighted a political  issue that made waves on campus: health insurance coverage of contraception at a Catholic university.

For some of us, this is the first election when we can vote for a president. I’ll be watching all the action closely as both a first-time voter in a presidential election and a journalist.

Moving from the battle on the campaign trail to the one on the gridiron, this year’s edition of Blue Streak football looks like something that deserves our collective attention. The team looked stellar in their 40-3 shellacking of St. Norbert College last week in Ireland. Starting QB Mark Myers, a transfer from Pitt, led the way with his own impressive debut. He set a new school record by throwing for 457 yards. Kudos also goes out to the defense, which limited St. Norbert to less than 100 yards of total offense in the entire game. If the Streaks continue playing like they did last week, I’m looking forward to what this season has in store. I think more people will fill Don Shula Stadium for games.

Speaking of Shula Stadium, you can expect a few more night games at the facility this year.

Because JCU and University Heights agreed to a compromise last September, instead of just one football game at night, we now have three. One of them is coming up next weekend against cross-town rival Baldwin Wallace. BW was picked to finish second in the OAC this year, so this should be an interesting game.

And, even though the years change, you can always expect The Carroll News to be a constant.

We have an eager staff that is ready to learn and grow, and I am excited to see what this year holds for all of them. I know they’re going to do a great job. We’re going to do our best to make the news relevant to you every Thursday when you pick up the newspaper. You’re already off to a great start if you’ve read this column.

We have much more to expect this year, but that’s all this column space will let me write. The new year offers potential for growth. So let’s not see it as a blank wall, but one that has lots of room for new things.