Articles published in September, 2013

Blue Streaks dominate in Carnegie Mellon Invitational, bring home four victories

Coming home on a winning streak after a long road trip always feels good. The John Carroll University volleyball team felt elated after rolling through the Carnegie Mellon Invitational this past weekend and sweeping all four matches. The team began the weekend with a matchup with Case Western Reserve University on Friday, Sept. 20. The…

Blue Streaks dominate in Carnegie Mellon Invitational, bring home four victories

Coming home on a winning streak after a long road trip always feels good. The John Carroll University volleyball team felt elated after rolling through the Carnegie Mellon Invitational this past weekend and sweeping all four matches. The team began the weekend with a matchup with Case Western Reserve University on Friday, Sept. 20. The…

Pope’s comments bring new questions for Catholic Church

Pope Francis set a tone for a new kind of papacy upon being elected the first Jesuit pope of the Catholic church this past March. His modern, humble ideologies resonate with many young, progressive Catholics and non-Catholics alike. He exemplified this by his outreach to the world’s young and poverty-stricken people through his most recent…

D.C. shooter background comes to light

Just days after military contractor Aaron Alexis shot and killed 12 civilians in a Washington, D.C. Navy Yard, new details are emerging pertaining to his state of mind. The Department of Veterans Affairs reports that Alexis, 34, was being treated for insomnia and was prescribed the antidepressant Trazodone, a drug also used to treat schizophrenia.…

Voter Ineptitude

Well here we are yet again, another debate over the legitimacy of Obamacare. If you have read my column before, you would know that I am not a strong supporter. But, if you pay even closer attention, you will also know that I am sick and tired of hearing about its repeal and have respected…

Terror strikes popular Kenyan mall; at least 61 dead

On Friday, Sept. 20 Kenya experienced the beginnings of the deadliest terrorist attack on its soil since 1998. As unassuming Kenyans and American expatriates shopped casually at the high-end Westgate Mall, Al-Shabab militants opened fire on innocent civilians. Early reports from the Kenyan military and police force suggest that between 10 to 15 shooters, armed…

(Locked) out of luck

There is a policy on John Carroll University’s campus that has left students clinging to their dorm keys like crown jewels. All of the drowsy twilight lock-outs that were once taken for granted will now come at a price: starting at $5, to be exact. In an attempt to better fulfill the JCU Residence Life…

The Ryllie Factor: A dangerous immunity

Another tragic mass shooting; a man seeking help after being injured in a car crash gunned down by a police officer, presumably because he was African American; Americans enraged by an Indian American being crowned Miss America. Talk about a national case of the Mondays. I’m not saying that to make light of all three…

Trending theme: Acquisitions in technology

Major tech companies have been aiming to accomplish and serve their ambitions and agendas by acquiring smaller companies that have many features they find attractive. These deals do not typically make headlines, mainly because they involve the purchase of low-profile startups. From looking at the acquisitions made by big tech companies such as Apple Inc.…

Should student-athletes get paid for playing collegiate sports?

Time magazine recently wrote a story that highlighted the debate over whether or not college athletes should have a share in the revenues that are made by their respective universities.  According to a recent study by the Drexel Sports Management Department, the top five Division I college football teams would pay between $390,978 and $546,832…

Grasselli Library gets an updated look

While a lot of the exterior areas of campus were being updated this past summer, the Grasselli Library and Breen Learning Center received an interior update to make it a more study-friendly space for students. As students walk into the library and head towards the Computer Commons, they will notice that the tall shelves of…

Off the Richter: Mind your own beeswax

In 1948, J.D. Salinger submitted his first short story, “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” (read it if you haven’t), to The New Yorker, but it wasn’t until after the publication of “The Catcher in the Rye” in 1951 that Salinger was launched fully into the spotlight. He remained in the public eye for 14 years,…

New program offers alternative to buying textbooks

For many college students, purchasing textbooks for classes has developed into a major concern as prices continue to skyrocket. After paying for tuition, room and board and meal plans, the thought of paying hundreds of dollars for the newest editions of textbooks and access codes can cause headaches at the start of every semester. As…

Lucky Numbers

49 Represents this year’s percentage gain for the Global X Social Media ETF. This fund tracks social media stocks. Leading the charge is Facebook Inc., which is up 66 percent this year. Groupon Inc., Yelp Inc.  and LinkedIn Corp. have all more than doubled. 10 This is how many billions of dollars the Spanish oil…

Hot Topics

Financial stocks, and funds investing in the financial sector, have recently been outpacing the S&P 500-stock index. This is due to speculation that interest rates will rise, thus raising profit margins at banks and insurers. Chili’s Grill & Bar, a restaurant chain owned by Brinker International Inc., announced that it will install Ziosk LLC  tablets…

John Carroll graduates shine in the NFL

John Carroll University holds a sterling reputation as a school with stellar academics. However, JCU’s football program has also gained notoriety as a breeding ground for NFL talent.   Against the odds, JCU, a small school of just over 3,700 students, has managed to place 12 of its alumni inside one of the most selective…

Higl's Squiggles: Keep it classy, kids

As Matron “Mama” Morton says in the musical “Chicago,” “whatever happened to class?” As I sit here, clicking away at my typewriter, sporting a tight bun secured to the back of my head and a conservative dress that covers my ankles, listening to the quiet hum of church hymns playing in the background, I shake…

Plain Daler: A Lasting Impact

This past Tuesday, I was reading The New York Times online and a headline caught my eye. The question: will I let my son play football? Immediately, as if by reflex, my right shoulder sent a tiny shooting pain all the way down to my fingers. Former New Orleans Saints and Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott…

OurView: When life gives you lemons

In my opinion, it’s the strongest people that can take what life has thrown at them and turn it into true good. I know it sounds pretty generic—but when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. As I have grown up around my family, I have seen my family make not only lemonade, but turn the…

Mentz's Minute: Johnny Football and the giant media-stalk

Odds are that if you’ve ever watched an episode of SportsCenter in your life, you’re more than familiar with some of the following names: Tim Tebow, LeBron James, Tiger Woods and now, Johnny (Football) Manziel. As quarterback of one of college football’s best teams, Texas A&M, it’s understandable that Manziel would receive some attention (and…

Blue Streaks men’s soccer captures 3-2 decision over Hiram

For the second straight game, the scoreboard read 3-2 at the blow of the final whistle, only this time, it was the Blue Streaks who came out on top. JCU defended its home turf on Friday, Sept. 13 and was able to scrape out a win against Hiram College in what was sure to be…

Does the punishment fit the crime?

An expensive new policy was implemented by Residence Life this year. The Professional Staff of the Residence Life Office has decided that students are now going to be charged $5 every time they lock themselves out of their dorm rooms and have to get an RA to let them in. If the fine is not…

Graciously Gaffney: Can’t stop? Won’t stop?

I hate celebrity gossip. Seriously, I don’t care about what Kate Upton eats or how much money Brad Pitt makes or what Kim Kardashian looks like when she cries. This is unfortunate for me, though, because celebrity gossip is pretty much unavoidable these days. Everytime I hop on Facebook or Twitter or even turn on…

Action, supense and rage comprise “Prisoners”

“Prisoners,” directed by Denis Villneuve, is an action-packed thriller that will keep you sweating as you wonder what will happen next. The movie is filled with a star-studded cast, including Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal. Jackman plays Keller Dover, a suburban dad rooted in strong faith and a survivalist, ready-for-any type-of situation mentality. Gyllenhaal plays…

Cleveland Botanical Gardens jumpstarts autumn with RIPE! Fest

Crunchy leaves, hot apple cider, scarves and pumpkin flavored everything. The first day of autumn is this Sunday, Sept. 22. To celebrate the beginning of fall, the Cleveland Botanical Gardens are hosting their fourth annual RIPE! Fest. The festival begins Saturday morning, Sept. 21 and lasts throughout Sunday evening, Sept. 22. RIPE! will feature some…