Articles published in February, 2013

The hero, not the villain

If you have not figured out from any of my columns, I am a Republican. No, not one of the firebrands seen on Fox News. If you were placing my ideology on a scale, it would probably be on par with Abraham Lincoln or Chris Christie. But regardless of the standard ideological scale, there seems…

Cruise boat returns to shore

Passengers aboard the Carnival cruise ship Triumph finally reached dry land Thursday, Feb. 14, after being stranded on board with no electricity and spoiled food.  A fire sparked in the engine on Sunday, knocking out power and leaving the ship stranded in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico. Four tugboats pulled the ship carrying…

Carbon tax could be solution to climate issue

Polar ice caps melting, rising sea levels, the Maldives disappearing and monstrous hurricanes are just some of the effects of climate change. What to do about climate change or what causes it have largely been a partisan issue. However, James Hansen, an expert climatologist from NASA, may have the answer for a partisan-driven Washington –…

Meteorite strikes Russia, injures hundreds of residents

A quiet morning was disrupted when a meteor crashed to Earth’s surface in Russia’s Ural Mountains on Friday, Feb. 15 at 9:20 a.m. The meteor fragments hurt 1,200 people, but left 46 in critical condition, according to BBC World News. Officials say that there was one large meteor that entered Earth’s atmosphere and fragmented, during…

Off the Richter: A broad abroad

DUBLIN – I wish I could tell you that in the past two weeks I’ve been on all kinds of grand and glorious adventures, and I’ve met interesting people and fallen in love and pet a baby sheep (I guess that’s called a lamb) and seen amazing sights, but instead I was in bed sick…

Nick's Knack: Roadblock

Everyday, the members of the John Carroll community receive Speedbumps emails, “offering a chance to slow down, reflect and proceed.” The marked words of religious, philosophical, literary and business figures offer advice and insight on spirituality, vocation and all components of life. These words can be insightful, inspirational and comforting, and all are meant to…

The Bayer Necessities: Unpacking love

Love is perhaps the most universally explored theme of human existence. Every great king has spoken of it – Jesus (the King of Men), Elvis (the King of Rock ’n’ Roll) and even Larry (King Live). So what more can a humble  student say about it? Probably nothing, but I’ve never claimed to be humble,…

Cooney Meets World: Retreating from the grid

I’ve written before in this space about my life during what I will call “the cellphone era.” My parents gifted me with my first phone on Christmas Day during my sophomore year in high school. I graduated to a better phone during my senior year, complete with full keyboard ready for my fingers to begin…

OurView: What about the rest of the year?

What about the rest of the year? It’s Valentine’s Day. It’s the worst day of the year (well, other than every Monday of the year) but otherwise, the worst day of the year.  Now let me explain, because I have a feeling everyone reading this right now probably has that stereotypical thought of “Oh, he’s…

Petition on a mission

Recently, a petition began circulating moving to extend the appointment of visiting professors in the English department, Robert “Bo” Smith and Thomas Roche. Students who had positive experiences with the professors started the petition. Smith and Roche began teaching at JCU in the fall of 2011 through the Gerard Manley Hopkins Professorship in British Literature.…

Commitment to service

Recently, John Carroll students have been starting and participating in projects which benefit both the John Carroll and Cleveland communities. One of the programs allows students to contribute their unwanted, gently used clothes to the Clothes Closet, an on-campus store for used clothing. Students have the option of exchanging a donated item for another in…

JCU Indoor Track and Field teams round up a busy weekend on the road

Men’s Indoor Track and Field The Blue Streaks finished in the middle of the pack in both of the meets the squad competed in over the weekend. The men’s indoor track and field team placed ninth out of 18 schools with 39 points in the Mid-February Meet on Friday, Feb. 8, and finished 10th out…

Warm up & rock the city

Battling the winter blues? Have a case of the cold weather jitters?  The cure to heat up with some music, art and good company is just around the corner. The fourth annual Brite Winter Festival returns to Ohio City’s Market District on Feb. 16. Brite Winter kicked off in 2010 under the direction of Case…

Women’s basketball battles until the finish, but falls short, 71-68

Another tough home loss left  the John Carroll women’s basketball  team looking for answers after Wilmington eked out a 71-68 win over JCU on Saturday, Feb. 9. The Blue Streaks were looking to use this as a bounce back game after getting blown out by Baldwin Wallace last week, but the bounces did not go…

JCU men stumble on the road against the Quakers

In late season situations, teams often rely on their veteran players to lead the team down the stretch. On Saturday afternoon, a group of underclassmen carried the weight for the men’s basketball team. Sophomore David Hendrickson scored 15 points off the bench, but it was not enough, as John Carroll fell to the Wilmington Quakers,…

JCU Swimming and Diving teams prepare for OAC Championships

Women’s Swimming and Diving Having had the last two weeks to prepare for the upcoming Ohio Athletic Conference Championships, the John Carroll University women’s swimming and diving team knows one thing: It’s go time. The Blue Streaks (7-7, 4-1 OAC) ended the regular season by winning their last two meets, defeating both Hiram College and…

Putting their skills to good use: Business students help local lower-income families file taxes

As Benjamin Franklin put it, “The only things certain in life are death and taxes.”  However, low-income families often need help preparing their taxes in the most cost-effective manner. VITA, a program funded by the IRS, offers free tax help to people who make $51,000 or less and need assistance in preparing their tax returns.…

Lil’ Sibs Weekend filled with smiles

Once again, Lil’ Sibs Weekend brought students and their siblings together for a weekend of fun-filled activities. This year, however, brought about a few changes from the event in past years. The “Paradise” theme took a long time to plan. Jessica Kreuzer, president of the Residence Hall Association, said, “Between myself and my executive board…

Mentz’s Minute: Advertising on NBA jerseys? I’m going to be sick …

Ladies and gentleman, I have some very disturbing and unfortunate news that I must bring to your attention. Before reading the rest of this column, it’s probably best that you make sure you have a puke-bag nearby – you might need it for this one. On the morning of Monday, Feb. 11, the NBA announced…

A fashion week to remember

The styles on the runway were not the only thing capturing attention at this year’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City.  With people eager to see 90 top designers’ collections and a snow storm that barely carried everyone into the Big Apple safely, French publishing exectuive  Marie-José Susskind-Jalou was not happy. Just as…

Love, hate and the supernatural

“Beautiful Creatures” is the film adaptation of a novel by the same name written by Kami Garcia and Margret Stohl. Starring Alden Ehrenrieich (Tetro, 2009, and Twist, 2011) as Ethan Wate and Alice Englert (The Water Diary, 2006 and 2008) as Lena Duchannes. On the first day of Ethan’s junior year he wakes from a…

Tuition for 2013-14 year set to rise

John Carroll University’s full-time undergraduate tuition rate will increase 3.9 percent for the 2013-2014 school year to $33,330. The rate was $32,130 for this current school year. In addition to the tuition hike, “room and board rates for next year’s resident students will vary based on the building, room type and amenities and meal plan…

Students petition to keep profs

A petition is circulating around John Carroll University to allow two Gerard Manley Hopkins visiting professors from the English department Robert ‘Bo’ Smith and Thomas Roche, to teach at JCU for a longer period of time, according to statements made during the open forum at last week’s Student Union meeting. Smith and Roche began teaching…

Record snow hits the Northeast hard

The blizzard that took over the northeast is just about over, aside from the snow keeping residents of some cities indoors. According to CNN, freezing temperatures kept the snow from melting. In Connecticut, 40 inches fell in the city of Hamden. Heavy snowfall and strong winds blasted through northeastern cities. The blizzard has also left…

Hearings bring many issues for nominees Brennan and Hagel

Chuck Hagel and John Brennan both dealt with tough senators and heavy questioning during their respective confirmation hearings. Defense Secretary-designate Hagel was questioned repeatedly in his eight-hour hearing on Jan. 31 about the Iraq war, Iran and Israel. According to a number of sources, including current Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Hagel seemed unprepared when addressing…