Articles published in September, 2014

‘Yik Yak’ app hits JCU

  A new social media craze has taken the John Carroll University social-scene by storm. Yik Yak, the infamous “anonymous sharing” site geared towards college students, has both entertained and disgusted JCU students since gaining popularity this fall.   According to Yik Yak’s profile on iTunes, the creators of Yik Yak intended to create a…

JCU community remembers lives of two students

John Carroll University suffered two losses over the summer: sophomore Patrick Waldron and freshman Adam Shergalis.   Patrick Waldron   Patrick Waldron was a son to his father, Keith, and mother, Julie, and brother to his sister, Maddie. Hailing from Williamsville, New York (outside of Buffalo), he attended St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, where he was…

Former dean Jeanne Colleran appointed new provost and academic vice president

  Candidates from all over the country were considered for the position of provost and academic vice president, but the position ultimately went to one of John Carroll University’s own.   Jeanne Colleran, the new provost and academic vice president of JCU, is a 1976 graduate of Carroll and has worked at the University since…

John Carroll through the eyes of the Rev. Robert Niehoff, S.J.

Student aid, action on sexual assaults and future residence hall renovations are topics the Rev. Robert Niehoff will focus on as he enters his tenth year as president this fall with the promise that his appointment is secure through the end of 2020.   Niehoff discussed these issues among others last week in an interview…

Faculty transition to new roles and restructured departments

    Students at John Carroll University will be seeing quite a few new faces this fall—and they won’t just be fellow students. The University has hired several new faculty members who will begin their term this academic year. Many JCU professors retired last spring, leaving various positions open. Over the 2013-2014 academic year, faculty…

Transition from Blackboard to Canvas begins

Students and faculty alike have been talking about the current switchover from the familiar Blackboard system to Canvas, a new learning management system being introduced this semester. The 2014-2015 school year will be used as a transition period for the change in systems. Some classes will be displayed on Canvas while others remain in Blackboard,…

Full Disclosure 9/11/2014

  I’d like to start this column with a small request. My purpose is not to stir up controversy, but to inspire real and meaningful dialogue about an important issue that affects us as JCU students and the community at large.   Last Thursday, Sept. 4, Bloomberg News published a story about certain universities and…

Business Insider: Senate Democrats proposal to discourage tax inversions

  More and more U.S. companies are taking advantage of a tax strategy called a corporate inversion, more commonly known as a tax inversion. Under the U.S. Tax Code, a company may relocate its corporate headquarters on paper to a nation with a lower income tax rate, while maintaining operations in the United States.  …

Why I hate being a senior

The fate of being a senior is currently a part of my top five worst things that has ever happened to me.   When I was a senior in high school, I couldn’t wait to be in college. When I was a freshman in college, I couldn’t wait to finally be away from the stigma…

Is this the end of wallets?

    They made their mark in personal computers, smartphones and as of Sept. 9,  Apple Inc. has broken new ground yet again.   On Sept. 9, Apple announced the launch of its newest products the sleeker, larger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, software update iOS 8, Apple’s first smartwatch, Apple Watch, and now Apple…

Meet the majors: What is IBLC anyways?

  Many students at John Carroll University don’t entirely understand what it means to study International Business with Language and Culture.   It’s certainly one of the newest fields of study in the Boler School of Business. While the enrollment is certainly not as high as that of in majors such as marketing, the students…

Hot Topics 9/11/2014

  Fast food workers throughout 150 cities walked off the job Sept. 4. Workers representing McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and KFC have been fighting for a pay raise to $15 an hour, and allowing them to join a union. Currently, the average pay for a service worker is $8.74, equaling $18,000 a year—which is $5,000…

Business Basics: Labor Unions

  Labor unions are organizations that represent the interests of employees to their employers. These interests include wages, hours and working conditions. In instances where workers don’t feel as though their needs are being met, their union fees continue to pay them during a strike in a worst-case scenario. These unions are typically industry-specific, encompassing…

Spotify eyes IPO

  According to Bloomberg, Stockholm-based music-streaming company Spotify Ltd is seeking a line of credit from banking institutions, which signals a major step toward an initial public offering. According to Investopedia, an initial public offering is the first sale of stock by a private company to the investing public.   Spotify currently has about 6…

Coffee Market

This year has been one of the worst harvests on record for coffee growers in South America. The largest contributing factor was widespread drought in Brazil, which, according to National Geographic, is the world’s largest coffee exporter by a significant margin. Brazil outproduces its nearest competitor, Colombia, by almost 12 million bags.   The dire…