Articles published in October, 2013

Columns: The evolution of Yeezus

In my experience, music is like politics; everybody’s got an opinion on it. In fact, the only exception I’ve ever encountered to this rule was a small nine-year-old boy. He insisted that he not only didn’t have a favorite type of music, but also didn’t listen to music at all. But I took his response…

New grassroots organization revamps battle against cancer

Many students across the John Carroll University campus carry with them the burden of family members and friends who have been touched by cancer. The Carroll Cancer Advocacy Network [CAN] is the brainchild of Stephanie Fair ’13 who lost three of her grandparents, and most recently her father, to cancer. This loss inspired her to…

Lucky Numbers

105 This is the amount in millions of dollars that Potbelly Corp., a popular sandwich shop with 288 locations, raised in an initial public offering on the Nasdaq Stock Market late last week. Potbelly will use the proceeds to pay a dividend to existing shareholders and eliminate its debt.   13.5 This is the percentage…

What a drag

Last Thursday, John Carroll University hosted a drag show on campus. A large portion of the student body turned out for the event, the majority of which was in support of the event. One student, however, openly protested outside of the Dolan Center for Science & Technology, where the event was held. The protest was…

Student organizations deactivated for inaction

There is no better time to find one’s passions than in college. Heartfelt interests and powerful pet-projects that are lost in the apathy and stresses of adulthood remain full of life, and student organizations across campus manifest this youthful spirit. Every so often, passion dies and indifference remains, stifling the survival of some student-run organizations.…

Alumni Corner:

What’s important in life? What kinds of things are going to happen after you graduate? If you want to take a peak into your possible future, John Carroll has been providing a way to do that for decades now. I know because I have played a small part in that. Live an average lifespan, and…

Full Disclosure: Stake in scholarship

If you could invest in anything, what would it be? Would you be surprised if I mentioned you are already currently investing in one of the most important investments you will ever make? I believe there is much potential to benefit from my current largest investment, my education. American business magnate, investor, programmer, inventor and…

Men’s golf wins Rivers Green Invitational

The John Carroll University men’s golf team looked to conclude the fall season at  the Rivers Green Invitational with a victory on Sunday, Oct. 6. They did just that in a closely contested tournament that came down to only one stroke, with JCU on top over the second place University of Mount Union,, 443 to…

The One-Act series: your ticket to on-campus entertainment

If you’ve been looking for something enjoyable to do, look no further. This weekend, starting Thursday, Oct. 10, the Tim Russert Department of Communication and Theatre Arts presents the fall Marinello One-Act plays. The Marinello One-Acts have happened each semester for the past16 years. Each year, the One-Act plays receive outstanding critiques according to audience…

Blue Streaks crush Crusaders in easy 54-0 victory

The Blue Streaks entered Saturday’s contest against Capital University as the No. 24 team in the nation. After a 54-0 trouncing over the Crusaders at home, the Blue Streaks rose to No. 21 in both the D3Football.com and American Football Coaches Association polls for the first time since 2003. Dominant performances by junior quarterback Mark…

Columns: Anti-advice column

  If you ever take any advice from any of my columns, let it be this: Don’t take anyone’s advice. How’s that for a paradox? While it can be nice sometimes to get guidance from an older, wiser role model figure – whether it’s your grandmother or Google – most of the time you’ll find…

Columns: Making the case for Manning

When it comes to debating sports, one of the more popular and overdone questions is, “Who’s the best quarterback in NFL history?” Ask a group of people for their opinions and you’re bound to get answers ranging from Joe Montana to John Elway to Johnny Unitas to Tom Brady. Dan Marino? Maybe. Brett Favre? You…

Higl's Squiggles: Finding Neverland

Let’s take a show of hands: how many of you have ever become enraged, frustrated and frazzled about the hustle and bustle of life? No, I’m not talking about taking 15 credits of classes and doing nothing else with your life besides stressing out about every time you only get seven out of your recommended…

Hot Topics

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s chief executive in Asia, Scott Price, announced earlier this week that the company is considering acquisitions in China. Wal-Mart has revamped its practices and legal compliance in the region.   Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s biggest smartphone maker by shipments, has announced recently that it expects a record operating profit of between…

Women’s soccer drops 2-0 decision to Capital

The John Carroll University women’s soccer team entered Saturday’s match against Capital University with the hopes of toppling a stout Crusaders team. However,  a two-goal second half from the Crusaders proved to be the difference in the 2-0 victory over JCU in the Ohio Athletic Conference opener. The JCU squad only got off three shots…

Tainted Tea

Whenever I think about the current situation in Congress, their inability to come to terms on anything, I try to imagine what the problem may just be. At first, I think that the famous quote from “Cool Hand Luke,” where the warden says, “What we have here, is a failure to communicate” is what applies…

Navy SEALs apprehend terrorists in strikes

Over the weekend, the United States reaffirmed its commitment to thwarting international terror organizations. In two separate special forces operations, the U.S. entered north African countries in an attempt to capture or kill high-profile terrorists. The strikes, which took place before sunrise on Saturday, Oct. 5, targeted wanted terrorists in both Somalia and Libya. While…

Capitol shooter suffered from mental illness

In the midst of the government shutdown, Washington, D.C. was struck with disarray for the second time in three weeks when 34-year-old Miriam Carey sent police on a chase through the nation’s capital. Officers followed her black sedan down Constitution Avenue leading to the base of the Capitol building, where she was ultimately shot and…

Government Shutdown: America Reacts

All across the United States, a wave of resentment and embarrassment directed at the U.S. government has occurred in response to the government shutdown that took place Oct. 1. The stalemate is responsible for the 800,000 federal workers being sent home without pay, though the House just unanimously passed legislation to provide retroactive pay for…

Government Shutdown: Employee Outcome

The Pentagon announced last Saturday that its nearly 350,000 furloughed employees would be returning to work after being sent home due to the government shutdown. Over a week has passed since the government officially shut down after Congress reached an impasse regarding the Affordable Care Act, which took effect at midnight Oct. 1.  Neither the…

CN fantasy guru Joe McCarthy’s advice for week 5

Now that the NFL is a fourth of the way through the season, fantasy football is in full swing. This week was a perfect one to see where your team stands in your league and give yourself a good idea of how the rest of the season will go for you owners. As we enter…

B.J. Novak: After “Office” hours

As September came to an end, Homecoming Weekend began. After kicking off the new school year full of work in the classroom and on the field, SUPB wanted to bring in someone that knows how to have some fun in the work setting. His name is B.J. Novak, and he played Ryan on “The Office.”…

Feature report: Lofty levels of U.S. stocks cause investor warning

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that some investors have warned that stocks are moving into dangerous territory. While the resiliency of the markets has prompted many market analysts and Wall Street strategists to hold back on their negative forecasts, many investment fund managers have shown evidence that they are seeing “slimmer pickings” in U.S.…

Full Disclosure: Crystal ball for closure

The theme of my column this week is this week’s hot news: the government shutdown. I have decided to give some “full disclosure” this week on my forecast for how the government shutdown will tie into business, specifically focusing on how corporate America, U.S. treasuries and the stock exchanges may be affected. I used insight…

Mentz's Minute: Notes and tidbits from the 2013 MLB season

  “If you’re lonely when you’re alone, then you’re in bad company,” French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre said. I’m not going to pretend that I ever read any of Sartre’s work (except what I was assigned for class, of course). But, as baffling as philosophy is to me as a whole, I’ve got to admit that…