Articles published in November, 2012

Black Friday: mission accepted

Nov. 23, 2012: Black Friday. Welcome to the jungle – a place deemed only fit for the strongest of the strong, the relentless and the cutthroat. A place where it is socially acceptable to have a Lindsay Lohan-style public meltdown if you don’t snatch up that bargain-priced flat screen television; a place where it is…

Legalized marijuana changes state governments

On Election Day Tuesday, citizens across the nation were watching history in the making. Not only did voters’ ballots have the candidates nominated for each political party, but in certain states and cities, issues and amendments were voted upon. Colorado and Washington passed ballot action legalizing the sale and possession of marijuana. This means the…

Getting our bearings

Well, the election is over.  Regardless of any desires to bring about political bickering, I am just going to say in the most print -appropriate fashion, stop! I get it, many are annoyed by the results that developed on Nov. 6. Those who are not still remain doubtful in their minds that anything will truly…

Fiscal cliff looms over Washington

Following the re-election of President Obama last week, Washington’s current priority is tackling the oncoming fiscal cliff that could possibly put the United States back into a recession. The United States faces $1.2 trillion in tax increases and spending cuts if Congress cannot find a way to decrease the deficit that totaled over $1 trillion…

John Carroll’s fall play: so funny it will kill you

The tricks and treats of Halloween may be over, but John Carroll has one last boo left in it before you have to stash your costumes and candy away until next year. Starting this weekend on Friday, Nov. 2 through Saturday, Nov. 3, and continuing the weekend after from Friday, Nov. 9 through Sunday, Nov.…

Two familiar products with a new twist

thin the technological world, and this semester is no different. It kicked off with the introduction of the new iPod Touch, iPod Nano and iPhone 5. Each one of those new products was available for pre-order on Sept. 14. According to Apple.com, the new iPods are both thinner editions, and the iPod Nano was pronounced…

Lead as you and I like

Leadership: It is a concept young adults always hear about. It is a term we are told to emulate, asked to look at in order to help us with finding direction in our lives. Overall, it is a phrase that is overused again and again. When it comes to determining the leader of the United…

Iran sends weapons to Afghanistan

Iran is beginning to fund aid projects for Afghanistan. These projects are expected to fill the void left by the U.S. withdrawal in Afghanistan. Iran is also helping to expand intelligence networks across Afghanistan. Afghanistan is very important to Iran’s capital city of Tehran and the means for the capital city to come out of…

Senate candidate brings trouble for Romney

During a debate Tuesday, Oct. 23 with Democratic candidate Joe Donnelly and Libertarian candidate Andrew Horning, Indiana Republican Senate hopeful Richard Mourdock made startling comments on rape that are currently causing a stir among politicians and the media alike. Mourdock’s full comment was as follows: “I know there are some who disagree, and I respect…

Senate candidate brings trouble for Romney

During a debate Tuesday, Oct. 23 with Democratic candidate Joe Donnelly and Libertarian candidate Andrew Horning, Indiana Republican Senate hopeful Richard Mourdock made startling comments on rape that are currently causing a stir among politicians and the media alike. Mourdock’s full comment was as follows: “I know there are some who disagree, and I respect…

Campaign 2012: On the issues

The Associated Press updated the positions of President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Gov. Mitt Romney on Nov. 2, after recent unemployment numbers were released by the federal government. The listing of the issues and positions here is also an update to the voter’s guide published in The Carroll News on Nov. 1. Information is…

Grasselli grows up: updates planned for the library

Grasselli Library and Breen Learning Center may be seeing some updates to policies to make the library more accessible and useful to students. The updates will include everything from whiteboards in the study rooms to a 24-hour room for student use. Michelle Millet, the new director for the library, has been asking students what they…

Taylor Swift’s new album pleases die-hard fans

Taylor Swift’s two-year awaited album “Red” came out last week.  Most people fall into two categories when it comes to Swift’s music: either they break the CD case within the first five minutes of having it because they are so excited to have the new CD, or people think she is overrated and her music…

The Bayer Necessities: The column about you

John Carroll, I am yours. Just as The Carroll News is “the student voice of JCU,” I would like to think that the Bayer Essentials is a voice of and for the students, too. I’ve written a lot of columns about what I believe are interesting topics. However, it has come to my attention that…

Chinese economy experiencing downturn

This year marks one of the first years where China has faced economic problems after decades of unmatched growth. China’s slowdown became more pronounced in late 2011 and early 2012, as exports and then inventories fell. If growth continues to weaken this year, the government is going to have to take action by speeding up…

Myers, Robilotto excellent as JCU beats Quakers, 34-7

Saturday’s John Carroll-Wilmington game was one of the most unusual in recent JCU history, featuring sloppy conditions, six turnovers, two missed field goals and a small fight on the field. Despite all of this, the Blue Streaks emerged victorious, defeating the Quakers, 34-7. The 5-2 Blue Streaks, the favorite to beat the 1-6 Quakers, had…

Cooney Meets World: Memoirs of a bygone era

History was always one of my best subjects in both grade school and high school, because I thought it was fascinating. My feelings haven’t changed; I think it’s important to know how we as Americans and world citizens arrived at this point in history. I believe that in order to make decisions now, we must…

It’s a woman’s world

Beginning in the spring semester, John Carroll will offer a new major or minor in women’s and gender studies. Women’s and gender issues are important topics in the world in which we live. Offering these new focuses of studies will allow those wishing to continue work and research in these areas to pursue their interests.…

JCU welcomes new women & gender studies program

John Carroll University recently announced that a new program, women’s and gender studies, will become available beginning this semester. This program will replace the concentration in perspectives on sex and gender, which is currently being phased out of the curriculum, according to Katherine Gatto, director of the women’s and gender studies program and professor in…

Inspection records address students’ claims of food contamination

In response to student outcry after the Aramark story that ran two issues ago, The Carroll News requested health inspection reports for John Carroll University Dining and Schott Dining Hall from the past year. Two standard inspection reports dated April 17, 2012 and Sept. 26, 2012, detailing five total health code violations seen upon routine…

Mentz’s Minute: A final farewell to baseball season

Seasons come and go, things change and time goes on. As we near the end of the fall season and approach the winter season, we also approach another disappointing truth: the baseball offseason. Baseball season begins in the early days of spring, carries us through and shines its brighest in the summer months and reaches…

Blue Streak weekend round up: Cross Country and Swimming & Diving

Men’s Cross Country The Blue and Gold finished in third place of the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship meet for the second consecutive year. Led by second-team all-conference runners sophomore John Honkala (26:13.8) and freshman Drake Sulzer (26:15.2), the Blue Streaks recorded 94 points. Despite making the mistake of not setting the pace fast enough early…

The library, revised edition

Over the next year or so, Grasselli Library and Breen Learning Center will be seeing some updates in policies and procedures. These updates aim to make the library more accessible and useful to students. In addition to the creation of quiet working space for the students by opening the G.K. Chesterton Room, students now also…

Chaplain for the U.S. House shares his story: The Rev. Patrick J. Conroy, S.J. talks politics, Jesuit values with JCU community

As the election season draws to a climax, Congress has taken a six-week recess until after the polls are closed. While most members of Congress are using this time to campaign for their seats, one member of the House of Representatives has been using this time to visit Jesuit colleges around the country. The Rev.…

Nick's Knack: Slow your roll

A week ago, Saturday afternoon found me hunched over, taking wind to the face, one trouser leg rolled up to my shin and my legs pumping more powerfully with each flick of my right finger, violating traffic etiquette in almost every situation I encountered. With the downhill advantage, my 20-year-old Trek bicycle flew me three…