Articles published in November, 2014

Going paperless: It’s not as hard as you think

  I’d like you to stop and think for just a moment about how much paper you use in a given day. How about a week? A semester?   If you’re like myself and many others, you’ve probably realized by now that students use a ton of paper. Whether it be for notes, essays or…

Why isn’t personal finance a core requirement?

For some students, going away to college is a way to achieve their independence. While it’s true you are no longer permanently living under your parents’ roof, the truth is you are not independent until you can, and know how to,  financially support yourself.   While I do not know everything about personal finance, I…

YouTube launches $8 streaming subscription

    Last week, YouTube announced its new music streaming option called YouTube Music Key. The website, which has nearly one billion monthly users, is one of the world’s most popular music sites. YouTube, known for providing access to virtually any and all music free of charge, is redesigning the way it connects music listeners…

Public Square’s makeover predicted to revitalize city

Come June of 2016, Cleveland’s newly-renovated Public Square will be unveiled to the public – just in time for the Republican National Convention. The plan to renovate Public Square, one of Cleveland’s most well-known landmarks in the heart of downtown, has been tossed around for the last five years by the city’s Group Plan Commission…

Humans of John Carroll: The 2014-2015 Student Union Executive Board

President Cole Hassay Junior Cole Hassay plans to use his passion for politics and vast leadership experience to help improve students’ overall college experience. Hassay’s double major in political science and economics, as well as his roles as current vice president of student organizations and vice president of brotherhood for Beta Theta Pi fraternity, keep…

Art of the sciences

    People have hinted to me that I’m not the greatest mathematician.   I’m guilty as charged if we’re talking strictly about algebra and numbers. Most times, I defend myself against these attacks by claiming I enjoy writing and can’t understand the first thing about numbers. I’d defer to the whole “left brain” and…

Taylor Swift removes all music from Spotify

One of music’s biggest artists made a bold statement, shocking and disappointing fans worldwide.   On Oct. 27, American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift released her fifth studio album, “1989.”   According to The Daily News, Swift’s album sold 1.287 million copies within the first week of release. A week after her album debuted, Swift decided to…

Neil Patrick Harris to host spin-off variety show

The 41-year-old television and Broadway star Neil Patrick Harris recently signed on to host a new variety show on NBC. The announcement came less than two weeks after Harris was chosen to host the 2015 Oscars.   According to The New York Times, the show is based on the popular British variety show, “Saturday Night…

GoldieBlox creates new action figure doll, “Goldie”

      Many believe Barbie and knockoff brands such as Bratz and Monster High represent exaggerated versions of women. GoldieBlox, a toy manufacturing company, recently released an action figure named “Goldie” to challenge the values of Barbie, inspiring girls to be themselves.   GoldieBlox is a company founded by Stanford University engineering graduate Deborah…

Higl's Squiggles: So what are you going to do with your life?

  Dear youngsters,   Don’t grow up. Don’t be a senior. Don’t do it. Please. I beg of you.   Find the nearest time machine, fountain of eternal youth or some magical Harry Potter knick-knack, and find some way to ensure you don’t get the dreaded, “Senior, it’s time to declare your graduation,” email. (This…

Goodness Gracious: I’m gonna pop some tags

    I’ve only got $20 in my pocket.   Literally. I’ve got a $20 bill in my pocket because unfortunately the rest of my cash, along with my laptop, was stolen last week. (If the thief is reading this, I hate you.)   Needless to say, I’ve had some pretty bad luck this semester.…

Getting their fair shake

    The John Carroll Student Activity staff recently decided that the executive board members of the Student Union Programming Board will receive a stipend for its work at the beginning of the spring semester. This stipend ranges from $750-$1,000 per year, depending on the specific position, and will be dispensed through monthly installments. This…

Cup of Joe: JCU who?

  The Browns aren’t the only Cleveland team enjoying success.   John Carroll University’s fall sports teams are in the midst of a truly memorable fall season.   The football team plays Mount Union on Saturday, the men’s soccer squad won the regular season Ohio Athletic Conference Championship and the volleyball team came within three…

43 Mexican students allegedly killed due to conspiracy

    The bodies of 43 Mexican students who went missing in September have been found, according to a statement from Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam during a press conference on Friday, Nov 7. According to the Washington Post, the students were shot, burned in a dump and thrown into a muddy river.   The…

Republicans gain hold of Senate after midterms

    Republicans reclaimed control of the Senate following the midterm elections on Tuesday, Nov. 4. A number of key Senatorial races that were predicted to be close contests ended in significant Republican victories. Among those was the battle for Kentucky, featuring Republican Mitch McConnell and Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes. According to Politico, McConnell won…

Girl power, activate!

    I grew up in a world without gender roles.   As a child, I was never told that there were things I could not do because I was a female.   I was not told that I had to keep my clothes neat at recess, or that I could not play tag or…

Ebola continues to ravage Africa

    As the spread of what is largely considered the deadliest virus continues globally, President Obama asked Congress on Wednesday, Nov. 5 for $6.18 billion to go toward containing Ebola and putting an end to the epidemic.   The number of Ebola cases has risen sharply over the past few weeks in Sierra Leone,…

Volkmann earns 300th win to kick off 2014 season

    The Bob Del Rosa Duals presented the John Carroll University wrestling team with an interesting situation to open up the 2014-2015 season. The duals started the final year for head coach Kerry Volkmann, who announced his 28th year will be his last, and kicked off a season with high expectations.   After beating St.…

JCU falls short in season-ending loss to Heidelberg

  The John Carroll University men’s soccer team needed to win the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament Championship game against the Heidelberg University to advance to the NCAA Division III Tournament.   Despite the 5-4 loss on Saturday, Nov. 8, the Blue Streaks hoped for an at-large bid to be a part of the NCAA Tournament.…

John Carroll vs. Mount Union preview

    The John Carroll University football program hasn’t even earned a share of an Ohio Athletic Conference title since 1994. Every year since then, the University of Mount Union has the title of conference champion.   On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Blue Streaks will attempt to unseat the 25-time conference champion Purple Raiders.  …

Cleveland Indians’ offseason outlook

      After the 2014 campaign ended with an 85-77 record, the Cleveland Indians have a lot to be optimistic about, despite ultimately failing to reach the playoffs.   The 2014 season saw breakout performances from pitcher Corey Kluber and left fielder Michael Brantley, who are candidates for the American League Cy Young award…

Blowout victory over Otterbein conference championship next week

    The Blue Streaks sent their seniors off in emphatic fashion with a resounding 66-13 win over Otterbein University to earn a 9-0 record on Saturday, Nov. 8. Now, they are getting ready for a top-10 showdown against rival the University of Mount Union.   Even more impressively, JCU has outscored its opponents 348-34…

Upside down NFL

What is going on in the NFL? I looked up at the standings on Monday morning and found that the Cleveland Browns and the Detroit Lions are both in first place.   That must be a misprint. The  Browns haven’t won a division since 1989 when they were in the now nonexistent AFC Central, and…

Cleveland’s royal impact

  Seemingly all of Cleveland anxiously huddled around televisions on Thursday, Oct. 30 in anxious anticipation to witness the return of Cavs player LeBron James.   Donning the Cavs uniform for a second time, James had quite the hyped homecoming.   Over 20,000 fans filled seats in Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena, including a few celebrities…

Take care

Besides living off campus, being a junior is not always awesome.   I love delving into my major and minor. But I underestimated how intense 300 and 400-level classes could be. I noticed I’m not the only one, either.   I scroll through Twitter all the time.   And every day, I see several tweets…