Articles published in December, 2014

MBA cohort’s presentation on ethics impresses local leaders

Think final exams are hard? Try trading places with a graduate student in the part-time MBA program in the Boler School of Business.   For a five-week, one credit course called “Ethical Decision Making,” 14 students (who all have jobs) were tasked with assembling a “TED-like” talk on ethics to a board of six high-ranking…

JCU alum tells story of overcoming paralysis

Alumnus David Markovich ‘14 spoke on Thursday, Dec. 4 at the Donahue Auditorium about his life journey. Markovich went from having paralysis to eventually running a half marathon. His presentation was sponsored by the JCU Student Athlete Advisory Committee.   David Markovich explained Transverse Myelitis using the example of a lamp. The head of the…

DNA findings question Tudor lineage

After two years of research, the bones found in a Leicester, England parking lot were determined to be those of the missing King Richard III. However, the bigger surprise is that the DNA analysis casts an uncertain light on the legitimacy to the throne of his descendants.   The bones were found in August 2012…

Russian economy facing imminent decline

  Russia is facing economic woes as the nation’s borrowing costs have reached their highest levels in five years. The financial crisis stems from recent economic sanctions from Western nations put on Russia, costing the state $40 billion, as well as remarkably reduced oil prices.   Anton Siluanov, Russia’s economic minister, said at a speech…

Anger-fueled protests rock the United States

    Citizens of all races and creeds have taken to the streets to protest – both peacefully and violently – against the recent killings of unarmed black men, as well as the decisions not to charge the white police officers that killed them.   Protestors marched with signs during the first week of December. Gathering…

Warning: Dystopia approaches

My favorite genre in literature and film used to be dystopian fiction.   I have read George Orwell’s “1984” countless times and every time was mystified by the concept that our government was slowly turning into the ominous Big Brother.   I have always been fascinated with the allegory presented in Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New…

Iran initiates missile launch against ISIS

  Iran is joining in America’s fight against the Islamic State in eastern Iraq through a series of missile strikes.   According to CBS, the U.S. military is aware of the airstrikes throughout Iraq’s Diyala province, and the airstrikes are in coordination with Iraqi troops on the ground.   Iran has experienced a more prominent…

Revenge porn law implemented in California

    Los Angeles native Noe Iniguez, 36, was the first person sentenced to jail under California’s new “revenge porn law” after posting a photo of his topless ex-girlfriend on her employer’s Facebook page.   In the context of this law, “revenge porn” refers to posting an intimate photo of someone on the Internet with the…

Sweet Carrollines set the tone in the Underground

    Friends and families gathered in the Underground of the Lombardo Student Center on Friday, Dec. 5 to support John Carroll University’s female a cappella group, the Sweet Carrollines, for its biannual concert.   With crowds occupying the seating half an hour before the concert began, the Underground quickly became a packed house.  …

Women’s Indoor Track & Field

  Although there were many teams at the Kent State Golden Flash Gala, some of the most shining performances were displayed by Blue Streaks.   Sophomore Joy Nyaanga, who was among the best of the Blue Streaks, finished 14th in the 400-meter dash just narrowly breaking a minute with a time of 1:01.28.   Two…

Women’s Swimming & Diving

  An impressive weekend was ahead of the John Carroll University swimming and diving team in its trip to Lexington, Kentucky on Saturday, Dec. 6. The Transylvania Invitational proved rewarding, as the women secured a second place finish.   The opening event, the 200 medley relay, set up the Blue Streaks for a record-setting performance.…

Blue Streaks suffer first loss of season in battle with ONU

The nationally ranked John Carroll University women’s basketball team was off to another historic undefeated start, joining the WBCA/USA Today Top 25 after a win against Ithaca College. However, Ohio Northern University was looking to play the spoiler as the Blue Streaks headed into Ada on Saturday.   Spoil they did, as JCU could not…

Men’s Indoor Track & Field

  John Carroll University men’s indoor track and field kicked off the winter season at the Kent State Golden Flash Gala. The team competed on Friday, Dec. 5 through Saturday, Dec. 6 in Kent, Ohio. This event was an unscored meet.   Some of the athletes who put up a great performances include freshman Austin…

Men’s Swimming & Diving

  The John Carroll University men’s swimming and diving team traveled to Lexington, Kentucky for the Transylvania Invite. A tough field proved to be too much at the end of the day, as the Blue Streaks finished fifth out of six teams.   JCU displayed strong finishes in the 100 free with three swimmers placing…

Strong shooting performances lead JCU to big win over Capital

    After a layoff lasting nearly three weeks, the John Carroll University men’s basketball team came out firing on all cylinders. The Blue Streaks beat Capital University, 87-59, in an Ohio Athletic Conference game in Bexley on Saturday, Dec. 6.   The long break between games didn’t seem to bother the Blue Streaks (3-0,…

Historic season comes to a close with quarterfinals loss

    The rematch in Alliance was as hard-fought and exciting as the first. But, unfortunately for the John Carroll University football team, the University of Mount Union came out on top once again. The Purple Raiders prevailed 36-28, punching their ticket to the Division III national semifinal.   In what has become a trend…

No BCS, same controversy

Everybody hated the BCS. I personally wasn’t one of those people, but I’m all in favor of a playoff. It definitely makes things more fun.   But what most people hated about the BCS is that everything was decided by computers and algorithms, not real people.   Now, we have a nine-person committee meeting weekly…

Cup of Joe: You say you want a revolution?

Now is a critical time for our nation.   We are racially divided. Our trust in public officials, such as police officers, has waned. We no longer have faith in our government at the national level.   As the time comes to look back on 2014, this has been an eye-opening year for America. We…

Higl's Squiggles: The war on student loan debt

I’m currently on the search for a box. You know, to live in after graduation. It’s rent-free. My biggest fear at the moment is that it won’t be waterproof. I have to plan ahead with this crazy Cleveland weather and all.   I’m also going to have to make friends with someone with a microwave…

Truth or truth

I have failed. Yes, finally, Matt ‘Father Time,’ ‘Reebs,’ ‘#1 JCU Thighs’ Hribar has finally not been able to conquer a personal objective. For those who placed bets on my life goals, feel free to exchange your gold coins now. For those who didn’t place money down but yet are aghast with pain from hearing…

The Johnson Journal: Made in America

  For attentive fans of rap and hip-hop, this past week offered some unexpected and cryptic excitement.   One of rap’s most prolific artists took to social media to air out his dirty laundry. Rapper Lil Wayne of Cash Money Records fired off a string of tweets aimed at his record label. Lil Wayne’s tweets…

Goodness Gracious: Look up, look down, look all around

“This media we call social is anything but, when it’s our computers that we open and our doors that we shut.”   This is one of the opening lines in the viral YouTube video by Gary Turk called “Look Up.” In its essence, this video is an emotionally moving, poetic commentary on our generation’s attachment…

Nintendo 3DS releases newest Pokémon video game

After 20 years of multiple video game releases, a long running anime show and many spinoff versions of the original video game, Pokémon is arguably one of the biggest gaming franchises in history. The recently released 3DS “Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Versions” marks the anniversary edition of the original “Ruby and Sapphire Versions.”  …

‘Into the Woods’ with Kendrick and Pine

The Carroll News had the opportunity to speak with actors Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine about their roles in Disney’s new interpretation of Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Into the Woods.”   The Carroll News: What does this movie offer for different audiences, being adults or children?   Anna Kendrick: I think that thematically, the whole piece…

[Insert goodbye title here]

After all the deadlines, articles and columns I endured over the last year, I’ve made it to my last issue of The Carroll News. I don’t know what a goodbye column entails, but I am grateful that I’m writing one at all.   Although a lot of people pick up the school paper every week,…