Articles published in January, 2013

Off the Richter: The Irish rambler

DUBLIN – The first thing I noticed when I got off of the plane in Dublin, Ireland was the smell. It smelled like spring; grass and damp air. The next thing I knew, my hair was frizzing out like it was nobody’s business. Welcome to the Emerald Isle! The forecast calls for rain for the…

SUPB turns Thursday nights into ‘Thursday Night Live’

Now that the winter season is in full force, students seldom want to leave their dorms, let alone campus, with the intense winds and heavy snow. For those who need a break from homework and want to see how entertaining the student body can be, SUPB has organized an event for you. The Student Union…

Student Union makes dining hall changes a priority

Dining services always seems to be a topic of conversation among John Carroll students, and at the start of the new semester, it was one of the first things discussed during open forum at the first Student Union Senate meeting, held Tuesday, Jan. 22. Students explained their complaints with JCU Dining, and the senators detailed…

Satisfaction: questionable

During the open forum at the inaugural Student Union Senate meeting of this semester, one of the first topics discussed was dissatisfaction amongst students about dining services at JCU. Students complained of unclean beverage machines and long food lines. Others hoped that the dining hall hours would be extended to accomodate those with busy schedules.…

There must be some Blue Streaks in the atmosphere

It’s no small secret that Cleveland’s temperatures have taken a plummet lately. Students expect to have a nice, warm room to retreat to in such frigid weather, but this has not been the case for those living in the residence halls. Since the beginning of the semester, proper heating has been an issue in nearly…

Cooney Meets World: Hockey is back

In some cases, it doesn’t take a lot to make me happy. This year’s NHL schedule is one of those cases: 48 regular season games over four months, rather than the usual 82 games over seven months. I’m just happy to see some hockey. After the NBA and NFL had their lockouts and collective bargaining…

Nick's Knack: Senioritis: Part 1

Subject: Male, Age: 21 Condition: Senioritis Symptoms: Instability, immaturity, apathy, fatigue, inactivity, distractability, ineconomism, revelry, intoxication, sociability Status: Chronic, Malignant I’ve spent 16 years in the American education system. This time has brought me triumphs and failures, good times and bad, friends and enemies; it has improved me and worsened me. The standard time for…

Beers, cars and talking babies: Welcome to the Super Bowl, America

The challenge is on. Get ready for nonstop intensity, competition and maybe some blood, sweat and tears. One of the most anticipated events in American culture is only a few days away: the Super Bowl. Although the promising matchup between the 49ers and the Ravens may be an enticement to turn on the tube, the…

Ever-growing Immersion programs let students live out Jesuit mission

John Carroll University’s mission statement reads, “As a Jesuit Catholic University, John Carroll inspires individuals to excel in learning, leadership and service in the region and in the world.” It is in this mission and responsibility that this institution prepares its students for the world. In addition to academia, which provides a core curriculum used…

OurView: Kyrie Irving is making Cleveland fans forget

“I’m going to take my talents to South Beach.” These are words that will live on in Cleveland infamy, haunting the same city that hasn’t won a professional sports title in 49 years. When LeBron James, the most talented basketball player on planet Earth, ditched Cleveland nearly three years ago, the future for the Cavaliers…

Campus buildings being considered for ‘historic landmark’ status

Buildings on John Carroll University’s campus may soon be joining the ranks of prestigious national historic landmarks across the country. The following buildings on campus are pending approval to be honored as such: the Administration Building, Rodman Hall, Bernet Hall and the Boiler House, all built in 1935, as well as Pacelli Hall, built in…

The Carroll News talks with NFL Hall of Fame head coach Don Shula

Winningest coach in NFL history talks about his days at JCU, coaching in the NFL and retirement

Baby, it’s cold inside: Changing temperatures outside make staying comfortable inside dorms difficult

As the winter wind and the winter grind has ensued, John Carroll University students have been hard at work. But when you are waking up throughout the night like freshman Murphy Hall resident Bobby Traver, it is hard to get your beauty sleep. “When I wake up in the morning, I can see my breath,”…

CAT viewed favorably despite acquisition: Stellar fourth quarter encourages optimism

On Monday morning, the Dow Jones Industrial Average continued to climb in what began a six consecutive day gain.  The advance could be considered minor, but could largely be attributed to Caterpillar Inc., a blue chip construction and mining-equipment manufacturer. The major reasons that CAT performed so well lie within its fourth quarter. The firm…

The Bayer Necessities: Red tape and bulldozers

“Bureaucracy is an obstacle to be handled with a cool head and a bulldozer when necessary.” I stumbled upon this quote five years ago, and have lived by it ever since. One of my greatest experiences at JCU has been serving my peers in leadership roles. But over these past four years,  I have discovered…

Warm up with a cup!

It’s a Wednesday night, and the wind chill is -12 outside. All you really want to do is screen Netflix for the next three hours and burrow into your bed with a cup of anything warm, calming and tasty. Okay, so maybe you have loads of homework to do and sprawling on your bed with…

A dark twist to Hansel and Gretel

“Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” initially caught my attention as a potentially horrible monster film. I was proven wrong. We all know the childhood story of “Hansel and Gretel.” A brother and sister get sent into the woods. Inevitably, the kids get lost and end up at a house made of candy. Sweet, right? Anyways,…

Nominated SEC chair raises eyebrows

President Barack Obama has officially nominated Mary Jo White to be the next head of the Securities and Exchange Commission. There is speculation that Obama chose White because he wanted someone that was going to be tough on Wall Street. The only issue is that Mary Jo White has a huge web of past connections…

OurView: A resolution revolution

It’s 8:30 a.m., and I venture out on my morning trek to breakfast, eager to stuff my face. Cleverly enough, my morning commute from Campion to the Schott Dining Hall passes the Corbo Room. I pause, just for a moment. It’s the first week of school, far too early in my opinion to see the…

Military to allow women in combat

In a landmark decision announced Thursday, Jan. 24, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta signed a memo lifting the military’s previous 1994 ban on women serving in combat. The Pentagon’s 1994 rule excluded women from units whose primary mission is to participate in direct combat on the ground.  This memo does not address which military occupation…

Changes proposed for Electoral College

Republicans in Virginia have now created a proposal that could change how the commonwealth allocates its 13 electoral votes, according to CNN. Under this proposal, electoral votes would become divvied up with congressional districts that have won. During President Barack Obama’s re-election, the president won all 13 votes in Virginia even though his opponent, Mitt…

Hostage crisis in Algeria causes fear of uprising terror

Following a four-day long hostage crisis that ended Jan. 19 in Algeria, there are rising concerns over an increase of terrorist activity coming out of North Africa. The situation started when a group of Islamist extremists from Algeria, Tunisia, Mali, Niger, Canada, Egypt and Mauritania struck a natural gas plant near the Libyan border with…

Forecast for the political future

Following President Barack Obama’s inauguration speech to the nation on Jan. 21, listeners had begun to formulate their reactions. Some concluded that it was an ambitious and newly devised plan for Obama’s second term. Others indicated that it was nothing more than a message designed to attack the Republican Party. Both of these opinions may…

Boeing working towards Dreamliner fix

Aviation buffs would consider Boeing’s latest airplane as something out of fantasy.  The 787 Dreamliner has features such as a futuristic cabin, unprecedented fuel efficiency and a body comprised of composite materials. Boeing’s creativity produced a revolutionary aircraft, but this innovation can become a double-edged sword. The mechanical problems that the 787 has experienced in…

Freshman enrollment hits four-year low: JCU follows national trend of smaller freshman class

Consistent with both national and regional trends, John Carroll University’s freshman class enrollment hit a relative low for the 2012-2013 academic year. This year’s class of 681 is the lowest it has been since 2009 and is about 10 percent lower than the past ten years’ average of 755 students.   Similar drops are being…