Articles published in February, 2014

Beck shines through with perfect harmony

On Tuesday, Feb. 18, singer-songwriter Beck Hansen, better known as Beck, released “Morning Phase,” his 12th full-length album.   Early reviews of the album note its reminiscence to his 2002 release “Sea Change,” and the connection is not unwarranted.   Both albums have the same toned-down feel. But to say that they are “the same”…

Picks for the literature lovers

Why not curl up with a good book this break?   Movie adaptation:   “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green   Named by Time Magazine as the No. 1 fiction book of 2012, this young adult novel tells the story of teenagers Hazel Lancaster and Augustus Waters, who meet in a cancer support…

Netflix binge-watching list

  If spending hundreds of dollars in a tropical location is not your thing, chances are you’ll be sitting at home over spring break. Never fear, Netflix can be your best friend during an inexpensive spring break. Here are some great shows to binge on while you feed your television addiction on your week off.…

‘Vikings’ actors chat with The Carroll News

    “Vikings” tells the story of legendary warrior Ragnar Lothbrok and the people who surrounded him. The Carroll News spoke with Katheryn Winnick, who plays Ragnar’s wife, Lagertha, and Clive Standen, who portrays Ragnar’s brother, Rollo. Season two of “Vikings” premieres Thursday, Feb. 27 at 10 p.m. Catch up on episodes from season one…

Higl's Squiggles: All you need is love

As the dynamic team of Black Eyed Peas and Fergie circa 2003 once asked, “Where is the love?” We live in a world filled with hate: catty females grabbing each other by the hair in a drunken state fighting over the tall, dark and handsome mysterious stranger in the corner. Curly-haired-brunette, pink-wearing girls who squeal…

Blue Streaks clinch first OAC title in program history

  Sometimes a historic athletic achievement cannot be properly celebrated due to the circumstances surrounding it.   While most headlines may show that the John Carroll University women’s basketball team is the second seed in the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament, one fact is undeniable:   For the first time in 44 years, they are champions.…

Hot Topics 2/27/14

    Netflix Inc. has recently agreed to pay Comcast Corp. to have direct access to their broadband network. Netflix’s intent is to ensure that its movies and television shows stream smoothly to Comcast customers. The financial impact of the deal for Netflix is not clear. This marks the end of Netflix holding out on…

Venezuela erupts in violent protests

    The death toll has risen to 13 and more than 150 have been injured in clashes between pro and anti-government protesters in an increasingly divided Venezuela.   Small, sporadic protests began to spring up across Venezuela earlier this month, encouraged by opposition leaders Maria Corina Machado and Leopoldo Lopez. The turmoil escalated on…

Ukraine gains new president following protests

  On Feb. 23, the Ukrainian parliament voted in a special session to temporarily hand over presidential power to speaker Oleksandr Turchinov. This comes after the impeachment of President Yanukovych the day prior. The vote to impeach Yanukovych was made by “an overwhelming majority of parliament,” according to ABC News.   Yanukovych, who has fled…

JCU competes in Berea, Columbus, Kent in preparation for OACs

    Women’s Indoor Track & Field   The John Carroll University women’s track and field team had a plan to divide and conquer plan this weekend, as JCU runners went to three different locations.   The plan worked to perfection.   Most of the squad came together in the Greater Cleveland Championships on Firday,…

Arizona bill may permit LGBT discrimination

  Arizona’s House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday, Feb. 20 that would allow business owners to use their religious beliefs as a reason to deny the LGBTQ community business. The bill’s fate is now in the hands of GOP Gov. Jan Brewer, who vetoed related legislation last year, but has said that she…

Telecoms fight against web traffic rules

        As growth in Web services has continued to explode, demanding high usage of data in the process, global telecommunications companies are battling more intensely with technology firms over the regulations of how Internet traffic is handled. The friction has been building up and coming to light this week at the Mobile…

Student Union starts shuttle service exploratory committee

    Student Union Vice President Tim Johnson is on a mission to improve campus transportation one discussion at a time. Last Monday, Feb. 17, the Shuttle Exploratory Committee had its inaugural meeting to generate options for off-campus transportation for students.  The committee, a spin-off of Student Union, will address student concerns and gauge interest…

Blue Streaks open season with loss to CWRU, split with Allegheny

  While waiting for frozen baseball fields to thaw out in Ohio, the John Carroll University baseball team opened their 2014 season on the road in Beckley, W.Va. this past weekend. The Blue Streaks fell to Case Western Reserve University on Friday, Feb. 21 before splitting a doubleheader with Allegheny College on Saturday to start…

Plain Daler: It’s Game Day, JCU

    One of John Carroll’s athletic teams just won their first conference title in program history, and yet, I’m not happy.   I know what you’re thinking: Is he insane? What is his problem?   To be blunt, JCU, you are the problem.   The women’s basketball team ripped a nearly half-century old monkey…

Against the scales

I’m the stereotypical Libra. I’m the biggest socialite since Jay Gatsby. I analyze situations until I have multiple outcomes and I tend to have deep connections with people. Libras tend to be more indecisive than Patrick Star’s food order at the Krusty Krab, and we tend to avoid confrontation.   Two major events in my…

The Ryllie Factor: Freedom (some restrictions may apply)

  “The land of the free, the home of the brave*” I must have missed the lyric in the United States national anthem that explains the invisible asterisk laying out the disclaimers and limitations that come along with being a U.S. citizen. Because more and more, politicians and ordinary citizens alike are attempting to manipulate…

Spahar rewrites record book with historic effort in 2013-14

  The veteran forward snatched the pass from her long-time running mate, turned and let the ball fly from the free-throw line.   The ball passed through the bottom of the net, and with it, a scoring record was toppled.   That shot with 3:19 remaining in the second half against Marietta College put senior…

Off the Richter: Some things I wrote about

Over the weekend, I was poking around a bookshop in Chagrin Falls and I came across a volume called “642 Things to Write About.” And, of course, I had to buy it. You’d think that as someone who writes quite frequently I would be able to come up with creative things to write about at…

Goodness Gracious: Why Spring Break is overrated

I wish I was going to a beach next week for vacation. I mean, the fact that my hand is the same color as the glass of milk that I’m currently drinking is a pretty clear sign that I could use some sun. Plus, who wouldn’t love to frolic in the sand and the ocean…

Blue Streaks advance to OAC Tournament semifinals after wins over Otterbein, ONU

First Round   After exiting the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament after one game in two straight seasons, the John Carroll University men’s basketball team had much to prove Monday night.   The Blue Streaks rode strong post play into the second round, defeating No. 8 seed Otterbein University for the third time this season by…

Lucky Numbers 2/27/14

    19: This is the amount in billions of dollars that Facebook Inc. has agreed to pay for mobile-messaging service WhatsApp. This represents the largest amount ever paid for a technology startup. WhatsApp will operate independently of Facebook, and WhatsApp’s founder, Jan Koum, will join Facebook’s board.   200: This is the amount in…

Love doesn’t shove

    Senior Gabriella Kreuz recently learned that strength is not defined by staying silent through a struggle, but by letting her pride go and asking for help.   What happened to Kreuz is what happens every year to nearly 1.5 million high school students who are in physically abusive relationships and might not recognize…

JCU wins second straight in easy home win over Trine on Saturday, 11-6

    Prior to the start of the season, head coach Brian Small placed a great deal of emphasis on winning at home.   “You gotta protect your house,” Small said at the time.   His Blue Streaks have done that in their first two games. Following a home win over Concordia University Wisconsin last…

JCU Dining works to better cater to students’ needs

    As you’re walking through the doors of the cafeteria, the scent of freshly fried tater tots wafts through the entry way. You eagerly wait as your card is swiped and rush to grab a plate. As tempting as it might be to load up an entire plate of these tasty delicacies, First Lady…