Articles published in September, 2014

A business can’t live on love-only money

Let’s imagine this scenario. As someone who watches the news and reads about investing, you recently have been looking into JP Morgan.  You’ve heard about them in the news, so you know that there will be interest in the stock–which means price movement.   Let’s also imagine that you believe in “technical analysis”– the practice…

Hot Topics 9/18/14

Hot topics   Shares across the board in social media companies dropped on Sept. 15. Yelp and LinkedIn both dropped more than six percent, Twitter fell five percent and Facebook fell four percent. It’s unknown exactly why so many social media companies fell drastically, but Chinese e-commerce company, Alibaba, could be taking attention away from…

Business Basics: Groupthink

Groupthink is a phenomenon that is marked by a consensus of opinion within groups and teams without critical reasoning, evaluation of consequences or alternatives.   Business leaders and teams can unknowingly create a culture of groupthink out of fear of upsetting the status quo or causing conflict. Groupthink reduces creative thinking through an environment that…

Federal Reserve Stimulus Explained

With the stock market soaring to new heights, investors across the board are becoming nervous about how much room is left to run. Sitting right below 2,000, the S&P 500 is hovering around all-time highs without having any significant pullback in the recent months. This rising market is seen as a positive indicator general economy:…

Sluggish Oil Prices Driven by Low Demand and High Supply

Brent crude, one of the benchmarks of global oil prices, fell to its lowest closing price in more than two years, bringing the price to $92.80 a barrel on Sept. 16.   The drop in price comes as a result of low demand and an abundant supply across the globe. The International Energy Agency (IEA)…

Alumni Corner: John Ettore, Carroll News Alumni Class of ’80

Alumni Corner John Ettore   For me, it all began on the first day of my freshman year, when I accidentally found myself in a 400-level history class. Courtly Dr. Ulrich welcomed us to his Civil War and Reconstruction class, briskly outlining what he called his “contract”—the work a student would have to do to…

Obama outlines strategy to overcome ISIS

In a nationally televised event on Sept. 10, President Obama addressed the nation concerning recent threats posed by ISIS, a terrorist organization located in the Middle East. Nearly a month ago, ISIS released a video of the beheading of James Foley, an American photojournalist who was abducted in Syria in 2012. Just two weeks later,…

Violence Continues between Russia and Ukraine

  In light of the current conflict between the Russian and Ukranian governments, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization  (NATO) finds itself returning to its origins in facing the growing territorial conflict between the conflicting governments.   Founded in 1949, its purpose was to preserve freedom and combat the growing threat of the Soviet Union. Today,…

Choosing reason over panic

  Several weeks ago, I was perusing my Facebook feed and saw one of my friends had posted a status regarding the recent Ebola outbreak. He stated the American government made a thoughtless decision to allow Ebola survivors Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol back into the United States and if the outbreak continues, the…

ISIS initiates mass slaughter in Middle East

  The Middle East is currently facing conflict with border conflicts, air strikes, hostages and militant groups. ISIS, also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, guided by leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is causing much of that extreme havoc in the Middle East.   The primary goal of the terrorist organization is remapping…

Ferguson police facing official investigation

  U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the Department of Justice will begin an investigation into the Ferguson, Mo. police department after the shooting of Michael Brown. Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed on Aug. 9 by Darren Wilson, a white, six-year veteran of the police department.   The shooting spurred riots…

Doctors work to find Ebola cure

The Ebola virus that brought West Africa into the world’s spotlight this past August is the most deadly outbreak ever recorded, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC statistics show that as of Aug. 31, 2014, there have been 3,707 suspected and confirmed cases of Ebola. Of those 3,707 cases, 1,848 people…

Blue and Gold find their stride in win over Kenyon College

  The John Carroll University soccer team has already failed twice out of their first three games of the season to put a goal on the board. Fresh off a double overtime 1-0 loss to Allegheny College, the Blue and Gold found their scoring stride in Gambier, Ohio with a 3-1 win over Kenyon College…

Fall and Football

It’s early September, and there’s no time better in the sports world. college football and the NFL have kicked off, the MLB playoff races are in full swing and this year, we’ve even got the FIBA World Cup to satisfy your basketball needs.   While all of those sports are exciting and draw my attention,…

JCU handles St. Vincent in season opener

      “Defense wins championships.”   It’s a motto heard across the sports world time and time again. A motto that the John Carroll University football program seems to believe in.   For the second year in a row, the Blue Streaks opened up the season with a shutout.   After 2013’s 41-0 trouncing…

Weisenberger leads JCU to 13th place finish at Denison Invitational

  Consistency was the key for the John Carroll University women’s golf team this past weekend in Granville, OH at the Denison Invitational where they shot a 386 on day one and a 388 on day two to finish in 13th place overall out of the 16 schools represented at the Invitational. The Blue Streaks…

Blue Streaks go for clean sweep over weekend

  The John Carroll University volleyball team began the season in fantastic fashion.   The team now stands at 6-1 on the season after securing four wins in the Marcia French Memorial Invitational. This is the strongest start to the season that JCU volleyball has had since the 2011 season.   One thing that makes…

Blue Streaks go .500 at Stockton Seashore Classic

A weekend away in Galloway, New Jersey was far from a vacation for the John Carroll University men’s soccer team. The Blue Streaks traveled to the east coast for the Stockton Seashore Classic and a two-game weekend slated against The College of New Jersey and Richard Stockton College.   The Blue Streaks confidently entered Friday’s…

Blue Streaks ride three top-15 finishes to 2nd place finish

    John Carroll University men’s golf team took the trip to The College of Wooster to participate in the Gatorade Collegiate Golf Tournament this past weekend. On Saturday and Sunday the men of JCU golf put together an impressive showing coming in second place out of seven teams. They finished with a final score of…

The Johnson Journal: Follow in their footsteps

  Summer’s over. School’s in session. And, as per usual, people have arrived back to God’s Eighth Wonder of the World, JCU, riding high off of their summers of relaxation and restoration.   While tanning, taking a dip in a pools, traveling and the like are typical for a summer vacation, mine didn’t fit that…

Let’s learn to love

      This week, we come together to “Celebrate the Spirit,” which to me, is all about honoring the community that we have built together as members of John Carroll University.   In my small stint on earth so far, I’ve been lucky to witness communities that exemplify what it means to love.  …

Higl's Squiggles: What do you want to be remembered for?

  New year, new you – right? Maybe not.   Let me tell you, the whole “nervous pit in your stomach feeling that you’re going to spill your cookies the night before classes” still exists senior year. Oh yes, believe me. And, it’s perfectly acceptable to slam a whole pint of Ben & Jerry’s Chubby…

Goodness Gracious: Sweet discomfort

Well, hey everybody. We’re back and we are ready (kind of) for another year of college. For myself and many others, it has come to our final year, the home stretch. Per usual, I have mixed emotions about this – excitement, sadness, hopefulness and hella anxiety. However, I feel especially different coming into this year.…

Cup of Joe: Is Cleveland close to a championship?

  Much has changed since I last wrote a column here in May.   Johnny Manziel, LeBron James and the Republican National Convention chose Cleveland this summer. Many are saying that Cleveland is in the midst of a resurgence.   Cleveland sports teams are the talk of the nation. The Indians are in the wild…

Yikking and yakking

Anonymous social media accounts have become quite a trend among today’s younger generation. Most recently, Yik Yak has hit the scene. Advertised as a local community bulletin board, this website has devolved into a gossip site marked by rumors, bad language and crude humor.  The site accepts anonymous contributions from users within a 10-mile radius,…