Articles published in March, 2013

The 2013 Carroll News Celebrity Bracket Challenge

Updated on March 31, 10:55 p.m. Following the Elite Eight round, the Challenge has nearly been decided. Only four competitors (Alyse Viggiano, Dan Cooney, Mike Moran and Brendan Gulick) chose a correct Final Four team — all chose Louisville. Plus, only one picked two correct Final Four teams (Alyse- Louisville and Syracuse). The remaining six…

JCU Track and Field squads impressive in North Carolina

Men’s Track and Field [Written by Haley Turner] The first meet of the outdoor season proved to be a great starting point for the men’s track and field team. The men traveled to sunny Charlotte, N.C. for the UNC-Charlotte 49ers Classic. Despite being a Divison III school, the Blue Streaks held their own against some…

Cup of Joe: A March to Remember

While many spent St. Patrick’s Day having a few brews or partying downtown at the parade, I sat captivated in front of the television. Not known as an exciting month until Selection Sunday, March has been truly mad from the start. To begin with, the college basketball season has been excellent. The degree of parity…

Blue Streaks baseball goes 2-1 on weekend road trip

The John Carroll University baseball team has become accustomed to life away from home, and considering each of their first 22 games this season takes place on the road, the Blue Streaks have had to learn how to win all over again. The Blue and Gold continued their early season road trip this past weekend,…

Jim Tressel Visits JCU

Former Ohio State head football coach Jim Tressel paid a visit to John Carroll University on March 14 as part of the Cleveland Area College Consortium (CACC). Tressel spoke in the LSC Conference Room, talking to officials from JCU and other colleges in the area. The Carroll News was fortunate enough to speak with the…

Local business accelerator promotes entrepreneurship

What started out as an old Zalud Oldsmobile dealership is now home to nearly 40 portfolio companies. LaunchHouse is a lean business accelerator that fosters entrepreneurial success and the creation of jobs. Their mission according to their website is to “create a hub of entrepreneurial innovation for promising startups and to help transform ideas into…

Communication department develops new programs

The faculty of the Tim Russert Department of Communication and Theatre Arts have been hard at work establishing new opportunities for communication students. The new master’s program in health communication and the new theatre minor to be offered to students will contribute to a growing curriculum, offering more opportunities to students at JCU. Alan R.…

Fast Food goes healthy

t sounds, these may soon be the choices you see in chain restaurants around the country. Recently, various fast food chains have introduced both vegetarian and vegan options to their menus. Chipotle has begun to offer tofu at a few of their San Francisco locations. Although they won’t release specific data, it appears the feedback…

The core of our being

An open forum held last week prompted faculty members to discuss several potential changes to the core curriculum. The proposed revisions include reducing the number of credit hours required to graduate, eliminating First Year Seminar, reducing the number of required philosophy courses and introducing linked courses. These proposals were prompted by a survey of the…

Follow up: Forum sheds light on proposed core curriculum changes

One of the most fundamental parts of a JCU education – the core curriculum – could undergo some significant changes in the near future. An open forum was held last Tuesday, March 12 to discuss plans for proposed changes to the core. Gwendolyn Compton-Engle, director of the core curriculum, answered questions and explained exactly what…

Nick's Knack: Frogs

This column is about frogs. One might think a zoological topic is atypical of Nick’s Knack. On the contrary, many of my writings have been on the human animal and the “zooification” of our species. Failure to recognize this reinforces many of the points I have made over the past two years. But, if I…

Cleveland International Film Festival set to launch

Calling all patrons of the arts and college students looking for something to fill their spare time. A film fanatic’s fantasy is fast-approaching. The 37th Cleveland International Film Festival, sponsored in part by Dollar Bank and a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, is set to launch its 12-day screening on April 3. The…

Habemus papam

Last Wednesday, the conclave of cardinals made a swift decision regarding a replacement for Pope Benedict XVI, choosing Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Bergoglio is the first Jesuit and first South American to be elected pope. The newly elected pontiff chose the name Pope Francis, in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi and his devotion to…

The Bayer Necessities: Men, Part one

Do you know why it’s a good time to grow a beard? Not because it’s “Mustache March;” not because it’s cold out and we need to keep warm; for one simple reason: We are men, and we can. Let me tell you something – I love being a guy. It’s awesome. And as much as…

Mortgage-finance companies benefit from market

Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal reported that the nation’s two federally chartered and stockholder-owned mortgage-finance companies, known as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, are “likely to show large profits in the coming quarters.” This is implied from the gradual recovery of the housing market, as the prices of homes have risen and mortgage…

Cooney Meets World: Causeworthy cut

Mary Beth Brooks always knows how to brighten someone’s day. I pass by the Institute of Catholic Studies nearly every day on my way to class and give her a friendly wave through the windows of the office. But, when I walked by Monday, something didn’t seem right. What happened to Mary Beth’s hair? Not…

OurView: Life and it’s unexpected ways

Growing up, every kid aspires to be something great. Everyone knows the typical desires – some of us want to be firemen, some of us doctors, some of us astronauts. When I was a kid, I wanted nothing more than to be a professional baseball player. I had dreams at night of playing center field…

Dakaboom: the duo that has it all

Dakaboom is a hilariously engaging vaudeville act that performed as part of SUPB’s Thursday Night Live open mic series. The comedy duo, Ben McLain and Paul Peglar, sent the Lombardo Student Center Atrium into fits of laughter.  Featuring wonderful musical talent and flirtatious attitudes, the act was rounded off by the quality of comedy throughout…

Restaurant familiar to John Carroll community closes its doors

North Park Grille, a long-standing restaurant on John Carroll Boulevard, served its final meal on Saturday, March 16. The first public announcement of the closing was posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page on Tuesday, March 12, just days before it closed. “I was waiting,” said owner Mark Reich. “I didn’t want to have a lot…

Samsung continues to innovate with new phone

In a world where it seems phones can do almost anything, Samsung has just upped the ante with its latest Galaxy S4 smartphone.  In addition to the plethora of amazing features these devices can perform, the S4 offers impressive new abilities. Perhaps what it is most noted for is its screen, which can be controlled…

SXSW marketing goes back to the basics

Poster, after poster, after poster. This is exactly what you see when walking up and down the hallways of John Carroll. How effective are the posters? Do they leave a lasting impression? At the South By Southwest (SXSW) festival that took place last week, companies were restoring to old school marketing strategies and using posters…

The Carroll News sits down with Sheldon Gawiser

Last week on March 14, The Carroll News interviewed Sheldon Gawiser. Gawiser is the director of elections at NBC News. He has worked with NBC since 1975. Before taking his current position, Gawiser taught in the political science department at John Carroll University. One of his most famous students was fellow future NBC coworker Tim…

Pope Story

Catholics around the world waited with bated breath as white smoke poured from the Sistine Chapel last Wednesday afternoon. St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City flooded with people and news stations hoping to witness this historical event in the church’s history. Across the globe, people were glued to their TV screens for the next hour…

The Irish in America

While St. Patrick’s Day comes around every year, it has been 20 years since my first one.  Although at the time I did not have a clue what it was, I have since learned just how important my Irish heritage has been to me. I think anyone who shares the same background as me would…

Iranian weapons threat remains strong

On March 14, President Barack Obama made a comment on an Israeli television station that he believed it could take Iran about a year to develop a nuclear weapon, according to The New York Times. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received this message from the president and was promised that if this is an issue…