Articles published in December, 2013

“American Hustle” dominates the screen

Christian Bale plays as a loan shark named Irving Rosenfeld, who is in the business of scamming desperate people. With his string of Laundromats as a front to his illegitimate loansharking operation, Irving has a prosperous, but inconspicuous business running until he meets up with Sydney Prosser (played by Amy Adams). With the charming Sydney…

Cup of Joe: Time to give up on the Browns?

Sadness. Anger. Disgust. Shock. Each of these emotions flowed through me as I watched the Cleveland Browns blow a 12-point lead in the final 2:39 of Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots. With kickoff imminent at 1 p.m., I pondered whether to watch the game. We’re going to get blown out anyway, I reasoned,…

Spahar stays hot, scores 26 in 73-58 win over No. 7 Polar Bears; JCU now No. 24

Winter winds have begun to blow in University Heights and basketball is now in full swing. Off to a perfect start, the John Carroll University women’s basketball team traveled to Ohio Northern University to take on the defending Ohio Athletic Conference champions on Saturday afternoon. Taking on the Polar Bears, the Blue and Gold left…

Hendrickson, Blue Streaks pull away from ONU in home opener, 82-64

Coming off a mid-week loss to the University of Mount Union, the John Carroll University men’s basketball team looked to rebound against a struggling Ohio Northern University team. The Blue Streaks did so on Saturday, with an 82-64 win, the team’s first in Ohio Athletic Conference play this year. Making it a point to come…

Your gift-giving guide: A very merry DIY Christmas

The holiday season can be one of the busiest and most expensive times of the year. Between final exams, papers and projects, squeezing in some shopping for presents can feel almost impossible. And on a college student’s budget, finding a nice gift you can afford is often intimidating. However, you can make this season a…

Having social savvy

Advances in technology and media have created new and effective ways for us to communicate and foster relationships with each other. Emailing has become a prevalent tool in the business setting, as well as in the academic setting. Even more so, social media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook have seen increased use by companies.…

Off the Richter: Not yo mama’s top 10

It’s almost the end of another calendar year and in my mind that means three things: resolutions I’m not going to keep, making people listen to me recite sections of Tennyson’s “In Memoriam” and top 50 best album of the year lists. I don’t have room here to outline the albums I would put in…

Get in the holiday spirit with annual Christmas Carroll Eve concert

As everyone is frantically running to different stores to buy last minute Christmas gifts  and cramming in last-minute studying before finals, the perfect way to de-stress before heading home is to take a break and soak up some JCU holiday spirit at Christmas Carroll Eve. The event will take place in the D.J. Lombardo Student…

Higl's Squiggles: Women, men and hasty generalizations

Attention. The following is a public service announcement to all you ladies out there. Step one: Find a boy, grab him firmly by the shoulders and demand he proposes to you. Step two: graduate from college, degree in hand. Step three: find a mediocre part-time job, while being the good little conservative fiancée you are…

Goodness Gracious: For the love of giving thanks, part two

About a week ago, I was wasting time on Pinterest and stumbled onto this quote about Christmas that said, “Being an American Christian means celebrating the birth of a Jewish savior by receiving gifts beneath a Pagan tree from an obese, German trespasser.” At first read, I thought this quote was really funny because it’s…

‘Smaug’ takes ‘Hobbit’ series to the next level

“You certainly have changed, Bilbo Baggins.” Those words by Gandalf the Grey accurately describe the second installment of “The Hobbit” trilogy. As “The Desolation of Smaug” opens, director Peter Jackson gives a positively Hitchcockian wink to the crowd as he walks out of a bar in Bree, gnawing on a piece of meat. The scene…

Band profile: Beer for the Blind

On sophomore Mitch Dinopoulos’ first day of French class during his freshman year, his professor asked each student to share an interesting fact about themselves. Little did he know, this simple question would be the catalyst that spurred Beer For The Blind, a rock band with a self-described emo-jazz flair powered by lead singer sophomore…

Hot Topics

House of Representatives and Senate negotiators announced a budget agreement this past Tuesday. This was done as a rare bipartisan act, and was designed to avert another government shutdown. The budget agreement, modest in scope, is also designed to bring a dose of stability to Congress’ fiscal policy-making over the next two years.   Five…

Fretting finals? Here’s to less stress

We’ve all been there: it’s the week of finals and we hit our breaking point. We are beyond frustrated and exhausted, and we even do the math to figure out the lowest grade we can get on our final and still pass. It’s important to power through the study-session, but remember to keep things in…

OurView: It’s looking like Christmas

We all know the timeless Christmas tune “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.” We sing the lyrics at the top of our lungs as soon as we sense the first snowfall.  And, if you are anything like me, you sing along to it off-key when you think no one is listening. While there…

The Ryllie Factor: Help me, I’m poor

  A good employee is someone who is motivated, creative, organized, eager to learn, and now, more than ever … unpaid. Unpaid internships have exploded over the past two decades. Twenty years ago, only about 27 percent of college graduates were working at unpaid internships, but today that number stands at approximately 50 percent. Employers…

Digging deeper into diversity: The year in review

In the past year, John Carroll University has zeroed in on making significant strides to increase and promote diversity on campus. These endeavors have been carried out by many facets of the University, from student-run organizations to the Center for Service and Social Action. The University is currently searching for the optimum candidate to fill…

Lucky Numbers

43  This is the market capitalization in billions of dollars between Discovery Communications Inc. and Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. This is relevant amidst recent news that Discovery is considering a bid for Scripps, the owner of cable channels HGTV, Travel Channel, Cooking Channel and a majority of the Food Network. 2.75 This is the amount…

Business Basics: Insurance

Insurance is a form of risk management that is primarily used to protect against the risk of a devastating loss. An insurance company collects insurance payments, or premiums, from customers to pool their risks. This makes insurance payments more affordable for those who buy insurance, or insureds. Purchasing insurance involves assuming a guaranteed and known…

Under the gun

On Thursday, Dec. 5, John Carroll University Campus Safety Services announced that it was becoming an armed campus police department. The Office of the President released a statement from the Rev. Robert L. Niehoff, S.J. announcing CSS will be renamed the John Carroll University Police Department and will exercise its right to carry guns. The…

Mentz's Minute: No Fun League strikes again

From the beginning of September through early February, almost every single Sunday is highlighted by a full slate of NFL action. With each NFL game comes a unique gameday experience, and that experience begins as soon as you arrive on site of the home stadium. Tailgating is an essential part of the gameday experience; anyone…

Who let the wolves out?

As part of the John Carroll University seal, wolves have always been a large part of the JCU identity. Live wolves at football games and an on-campus bar called the Wolf and Pot are just some of the ways that the wolf was an integral part of the JCU tradition in years past. The seal…

Studying and drilling

Like many college freshmen, Garrett Lee walked onto John Carroll University’s campus a few short months ago, nervous and filled with uncertainty. He asked himself questions such as, “What am I doing?” and “Why am I here?” Unlike most college freshmen, though, Lee had just turned 23 years old and had not written a paper…

Willing and able to defend

On December 5, the Office of the President released a statement informing the John Carroll community that Campus Safety Services will be equipped with handguns beginning January 1, 2014. The motivation behind this decision is the startling fact that shootings have been a growing issue on college campuses nationwide. This initiative will be funded entirely…

General Motors has image makeover amidst U.S Treasury selling last of shares

This past week included two major highlights for General Motors Co. The first highlight is that the U.S. government sold its last shares of GM, stemming back from the shares acquired in the government-led bankruptcy of GM in 2009. The second highlight is that GM has named its first female CEO, Mary Barra, smashing a…