Articles published in March, 2014

Hirschmann’s Hoops: Is NBA tanking an unsolvable problem?

The NBA playoffs are quickly approaching, yet, the story dominating the NBA isn’t the end of the year playoff races, but instead the Philadelphia 76ers continued losing streak.   At the time of my writing this, the Sixers have lost 23 straight games, just four away from the 27 straight loses by that infamous Antwan…

Sports Roundtable: A chat about nothing

A Chat About Nothing: Dale and Jake talk to themselves, and you! Episode 001: Attack of the Brackets     Dale: So, how does one start one of these things?   Jake: Well… I responded… So I think this is a thing now   D: I suppose we could get this started as many conversations…

JCU Student Union joins National Jesuit Government Organization

  To the satisfaction of student government leaders at John Carroll University, the student government leaders on our campus, in collaboration with 28 other Jesuit colleges and universities, have joined the National Jesuit Student Government Association. At its meeting on Tuesday, March 25, JCU’s Student Union ratified the constitution to make its involvement with NJSGA…

Defense shuts down Transylvania, guides JCU to 6-4 road win

    Can anything stop the John Carroll Univery men’s lacrosse squad?   Bad weather, little experience and tough competition hasn’t phased head coach Brian Small’s squad.   The Blue Streaks proved that lengthy road trips don’t scare them, either. JCU journeyed over five hours to Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky. and defeated the Pioneers,…

Lucky Numbers 3/27/14

    7.4: 7.4 billion to one is the estimated chance of a person having a perfect bracket during NCAA March Madness. It appears as if QuickenLoans and Yahoo, who were sold an insurance policy from Berkshire Hathaway, won’t have to pay anyone out in Warren Buffett’s Billion Dollar Giveaway, which has already made over…

Hot Topics 3/27/14

    Forbes’ 2014 Billionaire List has been released, and includes 1,645 billionaires from around the world, creating a net worth of $6.4 trillion – one trillion more than last year.  Included on the list is Bill Gates, ranked the world’s richest person; 172 women on the list, more than ever before; and the United…

WJCU Hungarian radio show celebrates 30 years of community programming

    It’s Sunday afternoon. The clock strikes 2 p.m., and five radio show hosts with passions for Hungarian culture, language, community events, literature and music take the air.   For the next three hours, listeners will hear nothing but the Hungarian language across the WJCU 88.7 FM radio waves.   And, that’s the way…

Higl's Squiggles: Honesty is the best policy. Wait, is my nose growing?

    Hey there, ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to play everyone’s favorite game, “name that movie.” (Cue cheesy game show music). I’ll give you a quote and you tell me what movie it’s from. Okay, start the clock.   Girl to another girl’s face: “Omigosh I love your skirt, where’d you get it?” Girl…

Full Disclosure: Full Disclosure

      One of the few things that has remained constant over my time writing for The Carroll News is my understanding of what my column title, “Full Disclosure,” has represented. I originally titled my column in this fashion because I wanted it to be a source of transparent, unbiased, encompassing and relevant information.…

Fred Phelps, controversial preacher, dies at 84

  Fred Phelps, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, died of natural causes last Wednesday, March 19, at age 84.   Phelps founded the church known for its anti-gay picketing at military funerals in 1955 in Topeka, Kan. The controversial church, consisting mostly of those related to Phelps either by blood or marriage, has picketed…

Conflict continues in Crimea following annexation

  After the staggering 95.5 percent vote to leave Ukraine in favor for Russia, held on March 16, things seemed to briefly return to normal in Crimea. The barricades were removed, and people began to return to their daily lives. Just two weeks later, however, Russia is making it known to the rest of Ukraine…

Cup of Joe: Opening Day

At long last, baseball season has arrived.   I’ve been waiting all winter. As Roger Hornsby said, “People ask me what I do in the winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.”   Now that winter has passed, one of my favorite…

Did you hurt?

I heard my high school gym teacher screaming in my ear, “Pain is good, Sciarappa!” as I ran (limped) laps around the track. I was making my way through my 20-minute run test, an infamous test taken by everyone at my high school. It was the worst. In order to demonstrate how much I hated…

Goodness Gracious: Senior send-off (try not to throw up from the cheese)

Well, it’s here: the final issue for our seniors on staff.  I’m not one of these seniors, but I have the pleasure of accepting the columns from Ryllie, Zach and Clara and putting them on the page each week. This is the second year that I have had this job, and I have to say…

The Ryllie Factor: Stand up

  Think about the things that make you angry. The things that make your blood boil. The things that make you want to fall to your knees, throw your hands up to the heavens and post an angry Twitter rant.   Each week, when I think about what to write my column about, I try…

JCU students dance for a cure

  Carroll Cancer Advocacy Network is an on-campus cancer awareness group that was founded by senior Stephanie Fair and John Carroll University alumna Maura Jochum who serves as the, advisor to the group. The group officially became recognized as a student organization on campus in the fall of 2013.  Fair, who serves as president of…

Business Basics: IPO

  IPO stands for initial public offering, and it is the first stage in a company’s path towards a public offering.  In an initial public offering, shares of a company are made available and sold to public investors for the first time. This marks the transition from the company being privately held to becoming a…

Mentz's Minute: This is goodbye

Truth be told, I don’t know how to start this column. I’ve written dozens and dozens of columns before, most of which have been about sports. But this column is different, and I know exactly why: it’s the last column I’ll ever write as editor in chief of The Carroll News.   I started writing…

Mo’ money, mo’ problems

The John Carroll University Student Union votes on a $1.1 million budget proposal issued by the Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee every year. This year, Student Union senators spent much more time than usual debating the proposed budget. On Tuesday, after two meetings and roughly three hours of debate, the budget proposal came to a…

Why, Wahoo?

Last Wednesday, March 19, John Carroll University hosted a speaker who discussed the controversy of the Cleveland Indians’ team logo. The logo is the red-skinned face of a Native American chief with a wide, manic grin named Chief Wahoo, and is being scrutinized as a form of blatant racism against Native Americans. Considering the amount…

Off the Richter: An ode to parental units

Remember my “Over/Under” column a few weeks ago? There’s one thing that I didn’t put on the list that I should have: Parents. Parents are most definitely underrated. I didn’t always think so. I remember when I was growing up, I thought that my parents were pretty standard and also a little boring (sorry guys).…

Woodward and Bernstein say farewell

  We knew this day was going to come. The day when the great Woodward (Jackie) and Bernstein (Abby) of The Carroll News would be sitting next to each other working on the campus section for the last time.   We have learned a lot in the past year. How to work together, how to…

All together

  I have written about a lot of things during my past two years as World News editor and even before that when I first joined as a staff writer my freshman year.  I have had the privilege of covering many important news topics that you do not get to write about on a daily…

Rough outing for JCU in first match of year

  Heading into the first match of the 2014 spring season, the John Carroll University women’s golf team traveled to the Mount Union Spring Invitational at Tannenhauf Golf Course  in Alliance, Ohio on Saturday, March 22.   Alliance had the same tendencies as University Heights: freezing cold weather that makes you layer up in your…

Blue Streaks cruise to 9-0 win over Muskingum

The John Carroll University women’s tennis team caught fire on Saturday, March 22, as the Blue Streaks dominated Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio. The victory was especially impressive since the Blue Streaks earned the shutout with a 9-0 finish.   In singles competition, sophomore Catherine Engel started the day off strong with a 6-0,…