Articles published in February, 2013

‘Harlem Shake’ takes the nation – and JCU – by storm

Whether it’s supermodels Cara Delevingne and Jourdan Dunn, the Peanuts Gang or John Carroll’s own students, they’re all on target with the latest trend in pop culture – the “Harlem Shake,” by unknown artist Baauer. In a time where these trends have a rather short-lived popularity, this latest craze seems to be taking viral to…

Early Mona Lisa painting judged authentic

Earlier this month, a Switzerland-based art institution announced that an older version of the Mona Lisa has been authenticated as an original. This particular portrait of Lisa del Giocondo, da Vinci’s model for the Mona Lisas, depicts a much younger woman. It shows del Giocondo about 20 years younger than she appears in the Mona…

Peace, Justice & Human Rights program to host film festival

JCU’s Peace, Justice & Human Rights program has announced a first. On March 16, the program will be holding a film festival from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. in room 226 of the Administration Building. Over 500 films were screened at the London and New York Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Three award-winning films from…

Maravalli steps down as JCU women’s basketball coach

Less than a week after leading the Blue Streaks to the quarterfinal round of the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament, Kristie Maravalli decided to step down as head women’s basketball coach after 14 years. Her decision was announced late Monday afternoon. The Blue and Gold recorded a record of 13-12 in the regular season. Maravalli’s squad…

Nick's Knack: The replacements

Arguably the most unpleasant and least empathetically understood periods in the life of people in government positions are known as the “lame duck” session. This is the time after a person’s replacement has been hired but before the new official takes office. Not much longer than a couple months compose this period. Of course, most…

Season Preview: High expectations for young Blue Streaks softball squad

For a young, talented JCU softball team that advanced to the NCAA Division III Regionals last year, the 2013 season holds much excitement and promise. Though the Blue Streaks graduated five seniors, many of whom were starters, John Carroll has a wealth of young talent on its roster. JCU head coach Erin Brooks has the…

JCU gets a sex talk: Arrupe Scholars hold ‘Sex Signals’ event

Last Thursday, over 200 students came to the Kulas Auditorium to watch “Sex Signals,” a performance brought to campus to raise awareness and inspire audiences to create social change in the fight against domestic violence. The performance involved two actors, Deanna Myers and Chris Sanders, and used improvisation and audience interaction as a means of…

With sequester looming, JCU aid is threatened: How the possible cuts on March 1 could affect John Carroll

March 1 is not just an important date to remember because it is the start of Spring Break and the deadline for housing agreements. It is also the deadline for the sequester, an implication of about $85 billion in cuts to military and domestic programs. While many of the cuts will not have a direct…

Indoor Track and Field teams conclude season at OAC Championships

Men’s Track and Field [Written by Haley Turner] Coming off a seventh place finish at the Indoor Ohio Athletic Conference Championships last year, the John Carroll University Blue Streaks were underdogs for this year’s competition, to say the least. With the OACs taking place at Ohio Northern University on Friday, Feb. 22 and Saturday, Feb.…

Sales forecasts lower amid payroll tax increase

On Jan. 1 of this year, a payroll tax increase was put into effect. The payroll tax increase put the payroll tax that funds Social Security, among other things, up to 6.2 percent from 4.2 percent. This was due to the expiration of what is referred to as the “payroll tax holiday.” A hot topic…

JCU baseball opens season with two wins in three games

Head baseball coach Marc Thibeault and the John Carroll Blue Streaks opened the 2013 campaign last weekend in Beckley, W.Va., with a talent-laden squad that has high expectations. After three well pitched games and an offensive explosion on Saturday afternoon, the Blue and Gold returned home with a 2-1 record and are primed for a…

JCU talks going green at sustainability forum

Sustainability experts from the local community gathered in Donahue Auditorium on Thursday, Feb. 21 to join in an extensive panel discussion during a sustainability forum hosted by the Boler School of Business and the KPMG Professorship in Accountancy. Panelists included Maureen Brennan, environmental attorney at Baker & Hostetier; Barbara Brown, co-owner of BrownFlynn; Carol Dietz,…

Off the Richter: Where in the world is Clara?

ROME  – By the time you read this, I will be in Rome, Italy, wandering the streets of saints and caesars, perhaps strolling along the Appian Way or enjoying some gelato (or a glass of wine) on the piazza. I suppose it depends on what time you read the column. Last Sunday, I hit the…

Mentz’s Minute: Embrace the inevitable: Baseball season is back

At the close of every baseball season, I take some time to brace for the upcoming winter weather. Like most people, I can’t stand winter weather. I hate it. Despise it. Having grown up in Rochester and attended school in Cleveland, it’s safe to say that I’ve dealt with more than enough New York and…

The Bayer Necessities: The (almost) penULTIMATE

The Penultimate or the Ultimate pen? Every week, I collect my thoughts, sit down at my computer and write a column that I feel is somehow relevant to the world (or at least our world). Sometimes, I hit the nail on the head, like when I praised the true masculinity of those who can wear…

Breaking the chains: Students and faculty dance to fight violence against women

On Thursday, Feb. 14, people on John Carroll University’s campus witnessed two flash mobs rallying faculty and students to take a stand for women. One Billion Rising is a program established by Eve Ensler, an activist known for her play “The Vagina Monologues” (which has been performed at JCU in past years) that raises awareness…

Merger between office supply stores confirmed

rger that initially leaked out as a mistake was deemed official shortly after. Office Depot had accidentally leaked news of the deal in an earnings report and quickly erased the announcement. Within a few hours, an official notice of the $1.19 billion dollar transaction was released. The office supply behemoths Office Max and Office Depot…

OurView: Who are you?

Last weekend, I saw The Who play at Value City Arena on the campus of The Ohio State University. I know what you’re thinking: It’s not exactly The Who without drummer Keith Moon and bassist John Entwistle. Half the band has already passed away. That being said, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend sound just as…

Waist not- JCU takes on health issues

This week, John Carroll teamed up with the Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders to promote “Eating Disorder Awareness Week,” kicking off with an event held Monday evening. During the event, they showed a documentary highlighting the life and anxieties of a 12-year-old model. It also presented other themes, including the dangers of certain beauty products…

Cooney Meets World: Holy memories!

I think it would be fair to say the announcement of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation dropped a bombshell on the Roman Catholic Church worldwide. No one, except for maybe a small group of close friends and cardinals, saw this coming. Benedict is the first pope to resign since Gregory XII in 1415. However, other members…

Blue Streaks take a stand for women

Last week, the John Carroll community witnessed two flash mobs on campus intended to rally students to take a stand for victims of domestic violence. The flash mobs were organized by the program One Billion Rising, a movement directed by activist Eve Ensler. The flash mobs were, in fact, an international movement, and John Carroll…

Questions persist as pope plans to resign

On Sunday, Feb. 24, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated what would be his last prayer ceremony to the public in St. Peter’s Square, according to CNN. This follows his shocking announcement earlier this month that he would be the first pope to resign in 600 years. His last official acting day as pope will be today,…

Chinese government accused in hacking scandal

A computer security company released a report on Feb. 19 detailing how the Chinese government has engaged in numerous cyberwarfare attacks on the U.S. in recent years, claiming that it has even pinpointed the exact location the perpetrators are based in. The report issued by Mandiant Corporation describes how nearly 150 American companies, many involved…

Benghazi files to be released to Senate

Last Sept. 11, a heavily armed group attacked an American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. Four Americans were killed in the attack, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens. Since then, there has been much controversy on the attack. Sen. John McCain has several times claimed a massive cover-up on the Benghazi attack. Lawmakers have…

Katelyn’s Candor: Government destruction at its finest

It took nearly two months after President Barack Obama nominated former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel as defense secretary for the Senate to confim him. But during that two month period , he had been subjected to numerous Senate hearings regarding his views on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Now, many government officials finally confirmed…