Articles published in September, 2013

Acclaimed Cleveland film society travels to John Carroll

Calling all film fanatics. Looking for an excuse to put down the books, relax on a Monday night and enjoy an artistic collaboration between John Carroll University and the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque? Then you’re in luck. On Monday, Sept. 30, the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque comes to the Donahue Auditorium in the…

Full Disclosure: Productivity is promising

There are several qualitative ways to evaluate our economic environment, whether we are focusing on our community, county, state, country or globe. Some of these key economic factors are unemployment percentages, consumer confidence measurements and the values of market indexes such as the S&P 500. I believe that our economic environment’s progress and growth can…

An atheist and a Catholic: Modeling a form of peaceful dialogue

The Donahue Auditorium in the Dolan Center for Science and Technology was filled beyond capacity on Tuesday, Sept. 24 with students, faculty and community members who came to see Edward Hahnenberg, Breen chair in Catholic theology at John Carroll University, and Chris Stedman, assistant humanist chaplain at Harvard University. The two men came together to…

Defense crushes Yellow Jackets in Gold Bowl win

Over the years, football has evolved into a high-scoring sport dominated by the passing game. On Saturday night, John Carroll University turned back the clock. Senior DaQuan Grobsmith rushed for 115 yards and the Blue Streaks defense forced three turnovers in a 27-7 victory over the Baldwin Wallace University Yellow Jackets in Berea, Ohio on…

Cross country teams represent well at National Catholic Championships

Men’s Cross Country [By Gabriella Kreuz] Scoring 100 points even, the John Carroll  University men’s cross country team placed third among Division III teams at the National Catholic Championships at the University of Notre Dame on Friday, Sept. 20. The Blue Streaks’ top five point-scorers all ran blazing sub-27:00 times and finished in the top…

Mentz's Minute: Say it ain’t so, Mo

The old adage goes, “all good things come to an end,” and that’s certainly the case for New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. The 43-year-old Yankees pitcher is just days away from his final pitch in pinstripes, as he announced before the 2013 season began that this season would, in fact, be his last. In…

Higl's Squiggles: A word from an ex-spelling champ

Not to boast, but I used to be a spelling champion. Go ahead. Judge me. I dare you. I’ll admit: I was once a young, frizzy-haired nerd with poor eyesight and a tendency to be labeled as the “walking encyclopedia” – but a nerd who used the “i before e except after c” rule as…

Guidelines call for later start to school year

When the 2013-14 academic year began on Tuesday, Sept. 3, the John Carroll University community was granted a few extra days of summer extending into Labor Day weekend. While students settled into their new homes around campus, reunited with friends, met new ones and prepared for the launch of fall semester, questions surfaced regarding the…

The Ryllie Factor: A newer, cooler, shinier column

  A few weeks ago, I decided to start using lip balm again (this isn’t a column about cosmetics, I promise). I began applying vanilla-scented Softlips a few times a day, because I found it under my dresser, and because I wanted to have soft lips – duh. But I began to notice something absurd:…

Cup of Joe: This Year

I am sick of waiting for next year. I am done with talking about the NFL Draft in September and about Opening Day in August. Beaten down by years of suffering, Cleveland has become a town  that dreams of future victory parades rather than watching a team today. I refuse to follow along and do…

Women’s soccer battles elements, Grove City defense in 1-1 draw

Coming off a three-game winning streak, the John Carroll University women’s soccer team went into rainy western Pennsylvania to match up with the 2-4 Grove City College Wolverines. A combined 40 shots on net from both sides gave the game a surge in offensive intensity, but a low scoring affair as the Blue Streaks and…

JCU men’s golf chips its way to third place finish

The John Carroll University men’s golf team continued their successful start as they competed in the Ohio Athletic Conference Fall Invitational at Columbia Hills Country Club’s 6,404-yard course over the weekend, finishing in third place with an overall score of 602. Sophomore Casey Vancil was the top finisher for the Blue Streaks, posting a fourth…

Off the Richter: This column is vulgar

I just want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Banned Books Week. That’s right. Every year, those of us in the literary (aka nerdy) community take a full week to celebrate books that have been banned in various arenas around the world, and to remind us all to remember to defend our…

Men’s soccer surges to 4-0 triumph over Fredonia State

On a day commemorating a pair of former Blue Streaks who had recently passed away, Andrew McCarthy ‘81 and Josh Bernot ‘04, the John Carroll University men’s soccer team showed up in a big way, defeating the visiting Fredonia State (SUNY) Blue Devils, 4-0. The win marked the first home shutout for the Blue Streaks…

JCU professor makes waves with new novel

Cosmopolitan magazine billed it as the “sickest, most controversial book of summer.” The Daily Beast dubbed it the modern day version of Vladimir Nabokov’s “Lolita.” “Tampa,” a salacious work of fiction, plunges readers into the inner workings of the mind of a female sexual predator who calculatingly preys on her middle school-aged male students. The…

iOS 7: Latest Apple upgrade receives mixed reviews

In typical Apple fashion, the newest software upgrade for the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad – iOS 7 – has been the talk of town since its release on Sept. 18. A variety of reactions, both positive and negative, quickly followed the operating system’s debut. The buzz stems from the drastic change in appearance from…

Hot Topics

The Federal Reserve announced this past Monday that the economy has not improved enough to taper quantitative easing. The Federal Open Market Committee has decided that it will maintain its current policy of buying mortgage-backed securities at a pace of $40 billion per month, and longer-term Treasury securities at a pace of $45 billion per…

Goodness Gracious: Recruitment requests

Greek life. Seeing those words in anybody’s opinion column is usually enough to make someone immediately stop reading and throw away the newspaper, because the piece almost always goes one way or the other. You either absolutely love it or you think it’s absolutely stupid. But please, people, before you throw down my column in…

Ingenious Index

Scholarship Sites Money magazine recently published a story on how college students could take advantage of opportunities to “nab more cash for college.” Five of the biggest scholarship sites they listed were Scholarships.com, BigFuture by College Board, Cappex, Zinch and Fastweb. In a study by Money magazine’s senior writers, the useful features and flaws of…

The smoking gun: debate over non-smoking initiative continues

When one recalls all that they learned in their collegiate career, very rarely do they hold “smoker’s lung” and “melanoma” in high esteem. To ensure that graduates’ accomplishments are void of these proficiencies in the ensuing years, John Carroll University is pushing to become a smoke-free campus. The current smoking policy at JCU is no…

OurView: In defense of writing

Whenever I tell people I am an English major, the first thing everyone says is, “Oh … so what are you going to do with that?” Then, I find myself becoming extra frustrated when I mention that I write for The Carroll News and get, “But newspapers are dead.” In this fast-paced and instant society…

Financial reporting insight: SEC approves CEO pay rule

The Securities and Exchange Committee has recently proposed a rule that will require companies to disclose the pay gap between chief executives and “rank-and-file employees,” according to the Wall Street Journal. This rule puts executive compensation back into the spotlight, and is expected to be approved by the SEC as early as next month. According…

Fall into television favorites

As the crisp fall air brings pumpkin spice lattes, sweaters and autumn colors, it also brings what will keep us inside on those brisk days: fall television shows. Whether you will be looking for comedy, drama or suspense, the lineup of new and returning television shows for this fall has something to fulfill everyone’s needs.…

Off-campus housing made simple

As students are settling into their new dorm, house or apartment, the last thing on their minds is planning for next year’s housing. But in order to ensure a smooth, satisfying housing process, students might want to consider getting a head start. Differing from the usual laid-back attitude of the typical college student, the process…

Professors are willing to go the distance

While members of the John Carroll University community frequently cross paths with students hailing from different parts of the country, or even the world, it is a bit unusual to encounter a professor who commutes to JCU from another state. In fact, several professors and faculty members commute over 50 miles to campus each day.…