Articles published in April, 2014

JCU men’s tennis looking up heading into OACs

Coming off a clean sweep of Marietta College on Saturday, April 26, the John Carroll University men’s tennis team will have all the confidence in the world heading into the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament.   The Blue Streaks found strong performances from freshman to seniors on Saturday, starting with freshman Jad Abdul-Aal keeping his perfect…

JCU earns second place finish to cap 2014

A second place finish behind the No. 2 team in the nation is nothing to be ashamed of. And, that is exactly what the John Carroll University men’s track and field team was able to accomplish over the weekend of April 25-26 at the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships in Berea, Ohio at Baldwin Wallace University.…

Paying to serve: JCU EMS voices concerns to university leadership

The alarm clock blares in a piercing cry, the clock face displaying the time “2 a.m.” in bold, red characters. Although you take pride in waking up to help others, you can’t help but think of the challenges you’ll face in the ensuing hour. Due to lack of funding, the number of first responders on…

2014 Distinguished Faculty Award recipient announced

  After a missed phone call and an email telling her that The Father Niehoff wanted to talk, Dr. Jacqueline Schmidt, from the Tim Russert Department of Communications and Theater Arts and interim director of the Entrepreneurship Minor Program, received the news that she will receive John Carroll University’s 2014 Distinguished Faculty Award.  This award…

‘Silver Linings Playbook’ screening sparks mental health discussion

  As part of the annual Celebration of Scholarship event, John Carroll University’s psychology department hosted a screening of David O. Russell’s Academy Award-winning 2012 film, “Silver Linings Playbook” on Monday, April 7. JCU co-hosted the event with the Greater Cleveland chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Striking a balance between comedy…

Beta Theta Pi undergoes reorganization

Beta Theta Pi is one of the most well-respected fraternities in the United States.   The Eta Epsilon Chapter of Beta Theta Pi at John Carroll University is similarly one of the most esteemed organizations on campus.   However, recent developments have threatened the chapter’s reputation of excellence, forcing the fraternity’s advisers to take action.…

Pistorius to take stand in murder trial

  Olympic and Paralympic track superstar Oscar Pistorius took the stand as a witness in his own defense on Monday, April 7 in the trial for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius shot Steenkamp, his 29-year-old girlfriend, four times in his bathroom on Valentine’s Day last year.   Pistorius apologized to Steenkamp’s family while stifling…

Not my dream

  Role models are a tricky subject. Celebrities and public figures dominate our Twitter news feeds and magazine covers. We can find their posters on our dorm room walls and their quotes on our Pinterest inspiration boards. But for some, it goes even further than that. There is a fine line between admiration and idolization,…

SCOTUS overturns political donation limit

  The Supreme Court of the United States reached a 5-4 decision on Wednesday, April 2 in McCutcheon v. FEC to end limitations on the number of candidates, political party committees and combined donations that individuals can donate during a two-year election cycle.   As another election season is about to begin, this decision will…

Higl's Squiggles: Can I be young again? Pretty please?

As the wise George Bernard Shaw once said, “youth is wasted on the young.”   You better believe it is.   It’s my birthday month (all gifts and monetary donations can be directed to the newsroom. I enjoy cake, too). And, as the big 21 approaches, I’ve realized that growing up isn’t as fun as…

Think happy thoughts

  I’m a sucker for good theories. Whether they are conspiratorial, philosophical or comical, I find enjoyment in entertaining a novel thought or viewpoint. Recently, a good friend of mine explained a theory to me that I hadn’t heard of yet. The theory is known as the “Law of Attraction.” At the risk of oversimplifying,…

Goodness Gracious: Sticks and stones

This time of year always has me feeling very philosophical for reasons I can’t yet really identify. Perhaps it’s the seemingly endless number of critical analyses I have to read and write for most of my classes, or the promise of summer and freedom provocatively looming in the near future, or the constant reminder that…

Blue Streaks squeak out victory

Following an 8-1 loss to Oberlin College on March 15, the situation looked bleak for the John Carroll University men’s tennis squad.   The team’s veterans sputtered and the young guns couldn’t step up.   That changed one week later with a 9-0 win over Muskingum University in the Ohio Athletic Conference opener. The Blue…

JCU makes mark at two invitationals over weekend

  Heading into its third week of outdoor competition, the John Carroll University men’s track and field team split up this weekend. The majority of athletes competed Saturday at the Bob Kahn Invitational, hosted by Oberlin College.   Sophomore Rondel Armour won the long jump with a distance of 5.94 meters. Also faring well in…

Cup of Joe: March sadness

  Want me to let you in on one of the worst kept secrets in sports?   NCAA Division I men’s basketball is a joke.   Before you start throwing tomatoes at me, hear me out.   In terms of postseason play, NCAA Division I men’s basketball is second to none. March Madness is one…

Hello friends: A Masters Preview

  The best weekend in spring is upon us. Welcome to Masters week, everyone.   Golf’s most beloved event will tee off Thursday with considerable intrigue. For the first time since 1994, Tiger Woods will not participate in the Masters. Welcome to the new wide-open era of golf.   Twenty different players have won the…

March of Dimes launches JCU awareness, walk begins

    March of Dimes is continuing to let its presence known at John Carroll University with flyers posted all around campus. This non-profit organization is dedicated to promoting full-term, healthy pregnancies.   It is also dedicated to providing both support and information to those who need it, such as families, or simply people who…

Blue Streaks up their 9-1 record as they enter OAC play

  In its first year as an official varsity sport, it’s safe to say the John Carroll University men’s lacrosse team has become a force to be reckoned with.   The Blue Streaks headed north to Beloit, Wis. this past weekend to face Beloit College. The game ended in a 9-3 victory for JCU, making…

Underpaid? I think not.

  Last week, Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) told reporters from CQ Roll Call, “Members of Congress are underpaid,” saying the $174,000 salary does not afford congressmen to live comfortably in Washington, D.C.   President Obama implemented a salary freeze for congressmen earning more than $100,000 in 2009 near the end of the Great Recession. At…

Different generations strike common ground through the magic of music

  Two seemingly different generations come together each Monday evening on John Carroll University’s campus through the power of music: adults with Alzheimer’s disease who are often branded with a negative stigma clouded with misunderstanding; millennials who are perceived as self-centered and egotistical.   Each week, JCU students and community people with early stages of…

I’ve been chopped

  When I wrote my column last week, I mentioned how happy I was I wouldn’t have to depend on the caf for food once I live off campus next year.   This idea by itself could bring any college kid to tears.   Tears of joy.   No more drinks that have unidentifiable floating…

Iraq military veteran open fires in Fort Hood military base

  For the second time in five years, a gunman entered Fort Hood on April 2, killing three people and injuring 16 others.   Army Spc. Ivan Lopez entered an administration building at the Killeen, Texas army base and opened fire. He then proceeded to get into his car and fire from the vehicle before…

The Story Lives On: Harry Potter Spinoff in the Works

  J.K. Rowling, esteemed author of the popular “Harry Potter” series, has signed on to create a new film trilogy based on the famous “wizarding world.” Published in 2001, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” a 54-page Hogwarts textbooks coming to life, will be the foundation of the upcoming trilogy. However, in no way…

Clutch Gene

Aaron Harrison is the real deal.   And despite falling just short of a national title, the University of Kentucky is the real deal.   As a die-hard University of Michgan fan and known hater of the one-and-done freshmen, it kills me to say it, but these Wildcats have stolen my heart.   I’ve never…

A Dance Ensemble party never killed nobody

  What do 26 dancers plus seven months of preparation equal?   Eighteen dance performances for one showcase brought to you by the John Carroll University Dance Ensemble.   The Dance Ensemble’s Annual Spring Showcase hits Kulas Auditorium on Friday, April 11 at 7 p.m. Admission is free.   This year’s president of Dance Ensemble,…