Articles published in December, 2013

Searching for a quarterback: Options for the Browns in the Draft

Well, Browns fans, unfortunately it’s that time of year again. The holiday season is upon us and not much has changed for the 4-9 Cleveland Browns.   A quarterback still remains  a top item on the team’s wish list, as it has for the past decade. While some may say Brian Hoyer performed admirably and…

Goodness Gracious: For the love of giving thanks

I consider myself a pretty easy-going person, and there are not a lot of things that really get under my skin. However, there is a special holiday coming up, and with that special holiday comes another special day in which dreams come true for thousands of Americans. Those dreams mainly consist of buying beautiful new…

Goodness Gracious: Live what you love

Thanksgiving break is in two weeks. That means that when we come back, we have less than a month left in the semester. Everybody just let that sink in for a quick second. I know this saying is so cliché and overused, but time literally does fly by. I still haven’t processed the fact that…

Goodness Gracious: House and home

I have been living in my cute little duplex on Warrensville for almost four months now, and a common topic of conversation is how I like living off campus this year. I think most people intend that question just to be a starter for small talk and don’t actually realize what a complex issue that…

Goodness Gracious: That park in the south

My parents have always talked about how when they were growing up, they only had three channels available on television, and of those three channels there were only a few shows to watch. Nowadays, the number of shows you can choose to watch on any given day is endless. This is a dangerous thing when…

Goodness Gracious: La vie en rose

Guess what, everybody? Midterms are coming up! You know what that means, right? Say hello to the next couple of weeks from hell, because you are about to get slammed with exams, papers, projects and whatever else you can think of. Thank God, right? Because it’s not like any of us already have enough on…

Nelson Mandela 1918-2013: A legend is honored by the world

Nelson Mandela, the man who was one of the world’s most recognized leaders and who brought an end to apartheid in South Africa before being elected to the nation’s presidency, died on Dec. 5 at the age of 95. His death followed months of failing health, much of which had been covered extensively by the…

Judge grants Detroit permission to declare bankruptcy

Detroit broke a record this past Tuesday by becoming the largest U.S. city ever to declare bankruptcy. After a nine-day trial, Judge Steven Rhodes ruled that the city had the legal standings to receive protection from its creditors. “This once proud and prosperous city can’t pay its debts,” said Judge Rhodes on Tuesday. “It’s insolvent.…

Ho-Ho hostility

With Christmas just weeks away, I thought I might help draw up memories of Christmas past. Picture yourself as a child: If your family celebrated Christmas, I would imagine you spent much of Christmas Eve impatiently awaiting the arrival of Santa, as I know I did. To aid in the anticipation of Santa’s arrival, the…

Hirschmann’s Hoops: Trail Blazers on playoff path

Ever so quietly, the Portland Trail Blazers have begun this new season as one of the hottest teams in the NBA. Why is that so?   Well, first off, they have the reigning rookie of the year in Damian Lillard. Portland also has one of the most underappreciated big men in the league in LaMarcus…

JCU swimming & diving squads solid at Transylvania Invitational

Men’s Swimming & Diving   At the seven-team Transylvania invitational held over the weekend at the Lancaster Aquatic Center at the University of Kentucky, the John Carroll University men’s swimming and diving team took fifth place, courtesy of key efforts from freshman Ben Parker, senior Nick Holvey and senior David Sved.   Parker had a…

Indoor track & field teams begin season at Golden Flash Gala

Men’s Indoor Track & Field   The John Carroll University men’s indoor track and field team opened the season over the weekend at the two-day, unscored Golden Flash Gala at Kent State University. The Blue and Gold started off the season on a high note, as a number of Blue Streaks posted solid performances at…

Awards abound for JCU football

The Blue Streaks football program experienced a rebirth in the first year of head coach Tom Arth. The John Carroll University football squad rolled to a 9-2 record, reaching the NCAA Division III playoffs for the first time since 2002. Following the team’s hallmark season, the Blue and Gold have piled up hordes of accolades…

Local music artist profile: Filmstrip

Brought together by brotherhood and friendship, Filmstrip is a band that, after growing apart, came together to make a unique, quality sound. Playing together for the better part of a decade, Filmstrip started as a middle school band and then evolved into a group that combined different musical paths. After playing with different bands for…

‘ARTPOP’ deserves ‘Applause’

Over sweeping psychedelic dance music, Lady Gaga sings: “My artpop could mean anything,” her thesis for her new album, “ARTPOP,” which came out on Tuesday, Nov. 6. While her debut album, “The Fame” focused on ‘80s pop, and while “Born This Way” channeled vigorous ‘90s rock, “ARTPOP” explores the electronic genre while incorporating many musical…

Fifty shades of controversy

The best-selling erotic novel “Fifty Shades of Grey,” by E.L. James, is now being turned into a major motion picture. Universal Studios hired Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti to produce the film. Worldwide sales of the novel have reached over 70 million copies and Universal bought the rights to the movie for close to…

Higl's Squiggles: She’s a man-eater. Just kidding…

  In case you’ve been wracking your brain since day one of jumping aboard the Higl’s Squiggles bandwagon, I’d like to finally disclose one of my deepest and darkest secrets. So, let’s put your mind at ease. I’m a feminist. Watch out. From now on, I’ll be making appearances in my power suit around campus…

Ready, Set, Sweat!

As the temperature begins to plummet and the end of semester work piles up, it’s natural to revert into hibernation mode – taking more naps, stress-eating and shirking your workout routine. Too pressed for time to hit the gym? The Carroll News gives you a full body workout you can do in the privacy of…

Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives – Oh My!

How many of you out there are Food Network fans? Whether you personally enjoy expanding your cooking knowledge and techniques or just tune in to watch the entertaining nighttime competitions, you are probably familiar with Guy Fieri, a well-known chef on the Food Network. Winner of the second season of “The Next Food Network Star,”…

Snaps for “Legally Blonde: The Musical” at JCU

Omigod You Guys!” If you need a light-hearted pick-me-up to stay “Positive,” or a little motivation to focus on school work to get the career that is “What You Want,” the story of a vivacious and ambitious blonde is the perfect fix to make you feel “So Much Better.” Who might this bubbly, life-size Barbie…

Higl's Squiggles: Break out the hot pink pants

‘Tis the season for Ugg boots, leggings and North Face jackets at John Carroll University. You’re walking across the campus to your 8 a.m., latte in hand, when you notice the girls in front of you, behind you and next to you are wearing the exact same outfit. You say with your classic Valley Girl…

The Student’s guide to a DIY Halloween

Being away at school can make classic Halloween projects difficult, but not impossible. Do-it-yourself creations like homemade costumes and dorm room decorating are fun and easy ways to get into the Halloween spirit. DIY Decoration It is very simple to add some spooky décor to your dorm. Spiderwebs hanging from the walls are an easy…

Higl's Squiggles: For the love of learning

It’s 2 a.m. on a weekday and the party is just getting started  – the study party, that is. You’re sporting some ratty old sweatpants, fist pumping to the Pandora dance party station, pounding coffee after coffee and foolishly wishing that Chipotle delivered. Your second wind has officially kicked in. That biology midterm you’ve been…

Humor and vulgarity take to the screen in ‘Bad Grandpa’

Remember sitting through all three “Jackass” movies, hiding behind your fingertips, cringing at all of the gruesome, death-defying stunts? Well, Johnny Knoxville is at it again, bringing just as much repulsion and guilty fascination to the big screen. The movie, “Bad Grandpa,” is about an 86-year-old man taking his grandson on a cross-country road trip.…

Bend and snap with JCU’s theatrical production

Plenty of college students are familiar with the movie “Legally Blonde,” the film depicting sorority-president-turned-law-student Elle Woods. Devastated when her boyfriend leaves her to find someone more serious, Elle becomes determined to follow her ex to Boston, where they both enroll in Harvard Law School. Along the way, she befriends salon worker Paulette and fellow…