Articles published in May, 2014

Higl's Squiggles: Please tweet responsibly

To my hip, young, espresso-drinking, social media savvy readers, I pose this question: Have you ever been seized by such unbelievable rage that you just want to scream out your frustrations on the mountaintops? You know what type of rage I’m talking about: the type where you want to go all Incredible Hulk or King…

Columns: Follow in their footsteps

h academic year instills a mix of nostalgia and introspection in students. With enough school days left to count on one hand, students usually turn their collective attention toward reminiscing – and rightfully so. Each year affords so many things: successes, failures and the countless memories made in the process. Now, engaging in my own…

Columns: Haters gotta stop hating

Well, guys, here we are. Or rather, here I am, rounding out my third year at John Carroll and typing up my last column for the year (not to worry, my fans, I’ll be back next year!). Anyways, to say this year has been a learning experience would be a hefty understatement. If I’m being…

Columns: Halfway through – what to do?

Before I enrolled at John Carroll, every person I talked to about college told me how fast it would come and go. I didn’t believe them then, but I do now. As the school year comes to a close, I can’t fathom that my college career is already halfway complete. I’m not complaining – I’m…

Columns: A year in review

I stepped out of my car on move-in day wearing a peasant blouse and a frown. For those of you who know me, I try not to let my smiles curl downward unless the situation is dire. But, I suppose this day was one of those instances. I was about to leave the comfort of…

Columns: Senior column

Cancer was the best of times; cancer was the worst of times. Wait, what? Cancer? Yeah, that’s a heavy topic. I promise this story is not a buzz kill, so hear me out. Everyone has their rough times during their time at Carroll. Change occurs and your world is flipped upside down. However, these moments…

Columns: Senior column

Some of you may know that I was a finalist to become the Millor Orator. Ken Clar will receive that opportunity, and frankly, I cannot think of a better person to represent the class. But in this opportunity, I’d like to share a shortened version of my speech: 1200 words to 500 for this column.…

Columns: Senior column

In 18 days, my time at John Carroll will end. It was the longest and most sleepless four years of my life. After countless hours of work and school-induced stress, my hairline will never forgive me.   But you know what? I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything in the world, because I’ve lived a…

Columns: Senior column

I would be lying if I said that I was a firm believer in the strength of education through schooling, at least in a basic sense. The truth is that I have never enjoyed myself in a school setting. Now you may think that this sounds cliché because there are thousands of students who do…

Columns: Senior column

Thank you to all of the editors and members of The Carroll News staff for the many memories made and lessons learned, all made possible during my time writing and editing for our collegiate newspaper in the Business and Finance section. It has been ultimately a pleasure to work beside and with the group of…

Columns: Senior column

So, what do I want to write my last column about? It’s a big decision. I feel like it should be advice of some sort, but advice can be so tricky and is obviously situational. So, I guess my advice is to avoid giving too much advice. Although, I guess that’s advice, so I’ve already…

Columns: Senior column

Inspiring minds, transforming lives. If you’ve had the privilege of walking John Carroll University’s beautiful campus, you’ve seen the Forever Carroll banners proclaiming this statement. As I finish up my final week of classes, I feel compelled to echo the truth of this slogan. It’s more than just a catchy marketing ploy – the past…

Columns: Senior Column

In almost every “Ryllie Factor” column I’ve written this year, I’ve ranted about the things in the world that tick me off. My strong opinions and tone have become the foundations of my writing persona, but for my final column, I’d like to explore a different side of “The Ryllie Factor.”   Four years. 128…

Columns: Senior Column

How am I supposed to summarize the last four years of my collegiate career in just one column? Truth is, I can’t. And that’s part of what makes writing this final column so difficult.   As I sit down to write this column – the last column I’ll write for who knows how long –…