Articles published in October, 2014

JCU introduces Mike Cleary program in Sports Studies

  For the 2014 school year, John Carroll announced a new academic major, Sports Studies. The new major was established by renowned 1956 John Carroll alum, Mike Cleary. The program is intended for students to learn and excel in fields that concentrate on or around sports.   The Mike Cleary Program in Sport Studies was…

Ohio Fair Trade Expo cultivates community

Keynote speaker Chris Treter, kicked off the 2014 Ohio Fair Trade Expo at John Carroll University on Saturday, Oct. 25 with a call to action for the community.   “For me, the future of fair trade is finding ways that we can all work harder,” said Treter, co-founder and director of Higher Grounds Trading Co.…

Office of the Registrar implements waitlist policy

    It’s that time of year again: registration is here. To assist John Carroll University students in the process, the Office of the Registrar has compiled a new procedure called waitlisting, which will be available to all students on BannerWeb during the upcoming process.   Martha Hendren, the University registrar, spoke about this new…

Biodiversity Week

Last week your JCU Environmentalist enjoyed all the free food he got from Diversity Week. This got me thinking about all the most important kind of diversity on campus: biodiversity. Biodiversity is the wide variety of different life forms present in an ecosystem. Without the super abundant biodiversity that has evolved here on earth we…

Court of Common Pleas: Colaluca works with families

  Janet Rath Colaluca At the end of the workday, Judge Janet Rath Colaluca goes home and hugs her husband and children, weary from seeing the unpleasant aspects of families in her Domestic Relations courtroom, but satisfied with the work she has done.   “Knowing you are making a difference for the better gets you…

Cuyahoga County Executive: Armond Budish, a lifelong Clevelander

  Armond Budish After living in Cleveland all of his life, Armond Budish has Cuyahoga County in his heart. Now running for county executive, Budish is a family man with a wife, two sons and a goal to improve Cuyahoga County.   Budish received his bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and his law…

Court of Common Pleas: Nancy R. McDonnell seeks another term

  Judge Nancy R. McDonnell “It’s a madhouse,” Judge Nancy R. McDonnell exclaims, throwing both hands in the air as she describes election season.   On the 16th floor of Cleveland’s Justice Building — behind the courtroom —  McDonnell sits comfortably behind her monogramed oak desk immersed in a stack of documents. With Nov. 4…

Ohio Treasurer: Connie Pillich likes a challenge

  Josh Mandel, left, and Connie Pillich   From being a mother of two, a wife, a lawyer, a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, and a veteran of the United States Air Force, Connie Pillich leads a busy life — and now she is looking to take on even more challenges.  As she…

Ohio Secretary of State: Husted made it harder to vote, critics say

  Jon Husted Secretary of State Jon Husted had a relaxed look on his face, staring at the journalists and cameras in a press conference video, posted on Youtube. He looked ready to take on challenging questions and comments about his U.S. Supreme Court case for eliminating “Golden Week.”   Golden Week was an early…

Ohio Treasurer: Can Mandel overcome past mistakes?

  Josh Mandel Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel’s political career has consisted of a lot of ups and downs. He is in the midst of another election for Ohio treasurer and, while he has experience on his side, he needs to do a lot to prove that past mistakes will stay in the past, and…

U.S. House of Representatives: Mark Zetzer offers an alternative

  Mark Zetzer Strolling into Ben & Jerry’s with his young son, Owen, Mark Zetzer hardly resembled a U.S. congressional candidate. Although his meeting was to discuss his current campaign with a reporter, Zetzer’s primary focus was undoubtedly his son. Whether trying to get Owen to decide on a the flavor of ice cream he…

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine: A Family Man

  Mike DeWine “We were walking in a crowd, leaving a rally, and we all were kind of being ‘herded’ by the crowd control authorities. And I remember thinking how humble a person he was, a U.S. Senator who could have had a personal security detail escort him out, or could have said to one…

Cuyahoga County Executive: Jack Schron brings new skill set

  Jack Schron The reformed county government is still fairly new to Cuyahoga County. For over 200 years, the county followed one way of working, and that way did not include a county executive. However, the people decided in the 2009elections that the structure of county government no longer worked and they wanted a new…

Ohio Attorney General: A sit-down with challenger David Pepper

  David Pepper and son Jack It’s a Wednesday morning, the first day of October, and the Cuyahoga County Democratic Headquarters is not yet bustling with its last push before the November election. There are posters scattered around the small, wood-paneled conference room. There is a poster of JFK, a poster encouraging early voting with…

Ohio Secretary of State: Libertarian candidate focuses on a younger crowd

  Kevin Knedler “Democrat or Republican?” we often ask our fellow voting friends. But Kevin Knedler is bringing a new party to the table in the upcoming Nov. 4 election – Libertarian. Often times, we feel that voter choice is limited to two parties, but with an abundance of prospective independent voters in the state…

Court of Common Pleas: Nancy Fuerst running unopposed

  Judge Nancy A. Fuerst The first week of November can mean different things to different people. To a child it is a reminder that Christmas is only a month away, to a college student it is the beginning of the end for their fall semester, and for an adult it is a sign that…

Ohio Supreme Court: Kennedy, Letson seek high court seat

  Sharon Kennedy In the upcoming election for Ohio Supreme Court Justice, Sharon L. Kennedy believes the fact that she has been on the Ohio Supreme Court since 2012 gives her an advantage over opponent Tom Letson.   “Experience is what sets me apart from my opponent,” said Kennedy. Noting that she has worked in…

Ohio House, 9th District: Boyd seeks her mother’s seat

  Janine Boyd Cleveland Heights City Hall is a bland place and the off-white walls of the council chamber stare at you while you sit on the cold, wooden pews. In a City Council meeting on Aug. 25, the tone of the council members’ voices was also dull — they sounded like monotone recordings. Set…

Court of Common Pleas: Francine Goldberg running hard

  Francine “Frankie” Goldberg Imagine being a councilwoman, working as an assistant county prosecutor, speaking to community groups and organizations, participating in a major holiday parade, campaigning night and day, and still having time for a husband and four children. This is the schedule of Francine Goldberg, candidate for judge in the Cuyahoga County Court…

Ohio House, 9th District: A different voice, Charles Hopson

  Charles Hopson, 68, candidate for Ohio House 9th District, is at an age when most people are about to retire. A Republican, he argues that he is the best candidate for the seat currently held by Democrat Barbara Boyd because he would bring a new perspective.   He ran for Cleveland City Council once,…

Ohio Supreme Court: Experience is key for Justice Judith French

  Justice Judith French Traveling to all 88 counties in the state of Ohio is no small task, but to Justice Judith French it’s just another day in the office. The Ohio Supreme Court Justice completed a tour of Ohio in 2013 and is finishing another in 2014, just in time for the Nov. 4…

Cuyahoga County Council, District 11: Simon sees green in county’s future

  Sunny Simon Sitting at Sweet Melissa’s with the warm aroma of chai lattes and the low chatter of customers, Councilwoman Sunny Simon appears with a cell phone at her ear and a determined look in her eyes as she prepares for the upcoming elections.   Simon has been going door-to-door to gain the support…

Ohio Secretary of State: She’s different, but that might be good

  Nina Turner Imagine yourself sitting in your apartment building on a chilly fall evening in Cleveland, Ohio. You’re at your desk, sipping on a pumpkin spice latte and surfing the web, checking your Facebook and Twitter feeds. As you’re browsing around, watching various Vine videos involving more pumpkins and something called Ebola, one article…

Ohio Court of Appeals: Anita Laster Mays lives her dream

  Judge Anita Laster Mays Every young girl dreams of someday becoming a princess living in a castle, attending tea parties and wearing a gold studded crown. Well, almost every girl. For Anita Laster Mays, this was not the case. At the age of 6, Mays says she knew she wanted to do great things,…

The Johnson Journal: ‘Hear my train a comin”

Most songs convey a message of some sort. Whether the song is a “top 40” jam or a deep cut of one of your favorite artists, each  conveys a message to be heard and internalized by listeners.   I’m here to make the claim that some songs hide messages that transcend generational gaps, trends, fads…