Articles published in January, 2014

Stolen Renoir painting sold for $7

A flea market is an unlikely place to find a famous and original French painting for just $7, but one woman happened to stumble upon just that. Marcia “Martha” Fuqua, also known as “Renoir girl,” reportedly bought the acclaimed painting at a flea market in West Virginia in 2009. The painting, “Paysage Bords de Seine,”…

Smart cards that have curbed fraud in Europe to be used more by U.S. retailers

Over the holiday season, a massive data breach hit Target Corp. that affected 40 million credit and debit card accounts. A computer-based attack compromised the credit card data, representing one of many recent incidents exposing the risk of fraudulent credit card purchases. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that Target’s Chief Executive Gregg…

Stock slang

I came across an article this week that shed light on the “alphabet soup of stocks.” Many stocks can be broken into categories that denote how they perform during various times of the year or business cycle periods. There are also slang terms that are used in the financial industry to describe and categorize stocks.…

Oscar nominations raise anticipation

The turn of the New Year can only mean one thing: red carpet season. The People’s Choice Awards were just a few weeks ago, followed by the Golden Globes and The Screen Actor’s Guild Awards. Movie critics and fanatics are now marking their calendars for the Academy Awards, which air on ABC on March 2.…

New app offers inside look at John Carroll University

Waking up every morning with an Inside JCU email has become the norm for John Carroll University students. Keeping up with the trends in social media, JCU has taken the daily email to the next level by creating an Inside JCU app for mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets. “In this first phase, much of…

Swimming & diving squads start off 2014 with combined 1-3 weekend record

Men’s Swimming & Diving    Hitting the road on Friday, Jan. 17, the John Carroll University swimming and diving squads began 2014 with a road meet at Wilmington College. The Blue Streaks were unable to start the year on a positive note, dropping a close 119-86 decision to Wilmington.   Only a few JCU swimmers…

Dolciato moves on after 24 years with football program

The winds of change have hit the John Carroll football team for the second consecutive season.   Associate head coach and senior offensive coordinator Ron Dolciato is leaving the program after 24 years as an assistant for the Blue Streaks. He has accepted the head coaching position at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa.  …

Business Basics: Medicare vs. Medicaid

Medicare and Medicaid are public heathcare programs that were created in 1965, and are both funded by taxpayers. Medicare exists to help the elderly cover long-term health expenses. Medicaid is designed to help low-income Americans afford healthcare. These eligibility requirements are the main differences between the two. Medicare is available to all U.S. citizens age…

“How I Met Your Mother” episode sparks racial controversy

Last Monday, Jan. 13, CBS aired an episode of “How I Met Your Mother” that included several main characters portraying offensive Asian stereotypes. The network received almost immediate backlash from its viewers. The controversy garnered its own hashtag on Twitter, with users referring to the episode as #HowIMetYourRacism. The controversial episode, entitled “Slapsgiving 3: Slappointment…

Alumni Corner: Alumni Corner – Tim Leddy

I fear writing anything that resembles advice. The thought of providing advice brings to mind my high school American History teacher, John Braucher. He said there were three things wrong with advice: too easily given, rarely taken, and usually bad.  He may have been quoting someone else. Five minutes worth of a Google search failed…

Students assaulted on Cabbie D party bus

Last Friday, Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m., the John Carroll University community received a security alert from Brian Hurd, assistant director of the JCU Police Department, concerning an incident of assault and harassment that occurred on Dec. 21, 2013 on Cabbie D party bus, a common method of transportation for JCU students going out on…

Mount Union’s late comeback downs JCU wrestling

The calendar turned to 2014 nearly a month ago, but the John Carroll University wrestling team had not hit the mats yet in the new year.   The young Blue Streaks fought hard, but lost a winner-take-all match in overtime to No. 11 University of Mount Union, who took the dual meet by a final…

Columns: The Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes

Come one, come all – and welcome to the 2014 Masahiro Tanaka Sweepstakes. For the price of roughly $120 million, give or take, your baseball team can have its very own Tanaka. I know what most of you are thinking: What/who in the name of Zeus is Masahiro Tanaka? Let me explain. Masahiro Tanaka is…

Spotlight on fair trade boutiques in Cleveland

Imagine strolling down the streets of Cleveland, eyeing locally owned shops as you sip coffee from a neighborhood cafe. You walk into a small boutique, surrounded by silky, printed scarves, hand-knit sweaters and individually beaded necklaces. Handmade coasters and stone-carved bookends decorate the wall, and vibrant dishes line the shelves. As you glance at a…

Lucky Numbers

1.35  This is the loss in billions of dollars that Deutsche Bank incurred this past fourth quarter. This loss suggests that a new phase of banking cleanups are taking place in Europe. This also may be a precursor to other European lenders absorbing financial hits. The bank is facing an array of government investigations into…

Student Union: A look at the past, present and future

rsity’s Student Union celebrated its 95th year of service to the University as SU president senior Kim Rossi passed the torch to junior Tim Ficke. On Nov. 5, 2013, Rossi gave her State of the Union address to prelude the Student Union elections. After a 10-month presidency, Rossi accredited the progress made by her executive…

CN Sports Roundtable: Fixing a big Brown mess

The flying circus that is the Cleveland Browns front office is again immersed in what has become a nearly annual ritual: a head coaching search.   Since firing rookie head coach Rob Chudzinski hours after the conclusion of the Browns season, Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam, CEO Joe Banner and General Manager Mike Lombardi have been…

U.S. Senate releases Benghazi report to the public

According to a bipartisan report by the Senate Intelligence Committee, the attack on the United States Embassy in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012 could have been prevented. The report, released on Jan. 15, is the first public examination of the event that killed American Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.  It confirmed…

West Virginia water supply safe again following contamination

Residents of West Virginia can breathe a sigh of relief now that West Virginia American Water has lifted the “do not drink” order for its customers. Dangerous chemicals leaked into the water system Jan. 9, leaving many people in West Virginia without safe water. Once the chemical, 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, was found in the water systems,…

Christie’s future tested amid scandal

Although New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was supposed to be celebrating his re-election earlier this week with an extravagant inauguration party, attention could not be diverted from the scandals that recently came to light. In September 2013, a part of the entrance to the George Washington Bridge in New Jersey was closed by the Christie…

U.S. Army soldier remains captive in Afghanistan

President Barack Obama has continued to stand by his plan to begin the removal of all U.S. combat troops from Afghanistan, stating that by the end of 2014, America’s longest war will finally end. But for Bob and Jani Bergdahl, the war will never be over until their son is safely home. U.S. Army Spc.…

A Jersey thing

I was hoping that this issue could have been set aside once I returned to school. But now I have realized that silence is just not an option. Every time someone asks me where I am from and I say New Jersey, they ask me about how I feel about Gov. Chris Christie’s actions. They…

Hirschmann’s Hoops: The 2013 NBA Draft Class

The story surrounding the 2013 NBA draft class pertained to the fact that it lacked potential star power. Throughout the NBA season prior, there was more talk about the 2014 draft and just how loaded that draft class is predicted to be, with up to SEVEN(!) surefire all-stars including Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Julius…

The Plain Daler: How I met my hockey team

If you know me well, hockey has never been my thing. I’m a Clevelander. I live for the Browns, Cavaliers and Indians. I didn’t grow up with a hockey team. The Lumberjacks were fun, and I enjoy the Monsters, but I never really paid too much attention to either team.   This year, something changed.…

Who will the Browns hire?

Coaching searches provide a full range of emotions for fans of both professional and college football.   A perceived unqualified hire can deliver skepticism and disapproval, while a promising fresh face can fetch excitement and hope.   The process is underway in Cleveland. The Browns fired head coach Rob Chudzinski on Dec. 29 in light…