Articles published in February, 2015

OurView: Creative Catholicism

Dominic Gideon is a freshman at Borromeo Seminary and takes classes at John Carroll along with  30 other seminarians. Gideon plans on majoring in English, aspires to be a published writer.    Last Thursday, as John Carroll University students were reveling like giddy grade schoolers for the first of their back-to-back snow days, I was…

Editorial – In response to the letter to the editor (2/26/15)

This week, a student from John Carroll University submitted a letter to the editor to The Carroll News, in which she stated she was a victim of sexual assault. She later filed a report with the John Carroll University Police Department and has also been working with the Violence Prevention and Action Center (VPAC) since…

Letter to the Editor: Letter to the Editor (2/26/15)

Due to the sensitive subject matter, the author’s name will remain private.   I was thrilled when I could finally cross off the item that was highest on my John Carroll bucket list: “Become a JCU orientation leader.” It proved to be an incredibly exciting and rewarding experience overall, but the most meaningful part of…

Higl's Squiggles: Think before you stereotype

To all you movers and shakers out there, listen to my plea. Join me and break gender stereotypes in the world. Before you throw your hands up in frustration, roll your eyes at another allegedly crazy feminist column and say gender equality does exist, take a deep breath, a step back and hear me out.…

Cup of Joe: Is it spring yet?

ason is almost here. I’ve endured enough snow. I’ve shivered through cold walks to Dolan. I’ve enjoyed the three “snow days” in the past month, but a man can only sit inside and stare outside for so long. In just five days, in a place far, far away, baseball will commence. The Indians begin their…

Walmart raises hourly page above minimum wage

  Walmart, a multi-million dollar corporation employing 1.3 million United States citizens, announced on Thursday, Feb. 19 the company plans to raise wages to $9 per hour for its 500,000 lowest-level workers.   CEO Doug McMillon wrote a letter to Walmart associates posted on the company’s website announcing the wage increase, which is $1.75 more…

Turkey and U.S. join forces against Islamic State group

  The United States and Turkey signed a pact Thursday, Feb. 19 to train and arm Syrian rebels to take on Islamic State group militants, according to The Associated Press.   The New York Post reported that the two countries have been in talks for a few months about such a deal. According to The…

Drug resistant ‘superbug’ could infect nearly 200 people

    An 18-year-old student currently hospitalized as a result of the “superbug” outbreak originating at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) is suing the makers of the medal instruments linked to the epidemic, according to NBC.   Contaminated endoscopes, manufactured by Olympus Corporation of the Americas, were used in nearly 200 procedures at…

France launches de-radicalization program

  In light of the attacks last month against Charlie Hebdo, a weekly satirical magazine in France, the country is implementing a de-radicalization program in many of its prisons.   Two of the terrorists from the deadly assault last month were previously in Fleury-Mérogis prison, the largest correctional institution in Europe. Another terrorist, Amedy Couliblay,…

Obama faces backlash over war on Islamic State group

    The Obama administration began its attempt to counter the actions of the Islamic State group five months ago. Now, with no end in sight, the president is requesting formal authorization from Congress to continue their fight.   According to CNN, this authorization would limit U.S. ground troops to be deployed in the Middle…

New HIV vaccine undergoes trial testing

    American researchers may have made a breakthrough discovery in HIV prevention and treatment.   Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute in California have developed a vaccine. It releases a protein that actively targets HIV. The vaccine prevents it from spreading, rather than training the immune system to fight the infection, according to the…

Oklahoma attempts to ban AP history course

    Lawmakers in Oklahoma are looking to ban the Advanced Placement United States History course offered at high schools across the country via proposed House Bill 1380. Advocates for this decision say the course does not cast a positive light on American history.   The bill would cut funding for the AP U.S. history…

The Johnson Journal: Heroes in Disguise

When I was younger, Saturday mornings included monochromatic episodes of my favorite crime fighters. Batman, Superman and others took turns fending off evil in 30-minute segments.   In each episode, you could count on the world to be threatened by some new “death-ray” or device to serve an evil plot. And not to be outdone,…

JCU clinches second in OAC after big win over Muskingum

  Home court advantage has taken on a new meaning throughout the 2014-15 season for the John Carroll University women’s basketball team.   The Blue Streaks capped off their regular season dominance with a 71-56 Senior Day win over Muskingum University at the Tony DeCarlo Varsity Center this past Sunday, Feb. 24. The win gave…

John Carroll Blue Streak varsity athletics: Weekend roundup 2/20-2/22

Men’s Indoor Track & Field   The John Carroll University men’s track and field team posted three school records and four top 10 finishes at the Kent State Tune-Up on Saturday, Feb. 21. The unscored meet featured teams ranging from Division I powerhouses to NAIA squads.   JCU sophomore Jonathan Radney had a very busy…

Blue Streaks cruise into OAC Tournament semifinal

  The Blue Streaks finished the regular season at 19-5 overall, 15-3 in Ohio Athletic Conference play. The last time the men’s program recorded a 19-win season was in 2010-2011 season.   The Blue Streaks were led by a balanced scoring effort from junior Will Starks and senior David Hendrickson, who scored 17 and 16…

Deadline drama

Last Thursday’s NBA trade deadline was the craziest one I’ve ever witnessed.   It’s not even about how many trades there were.   It’s about how fast the trades happened and how close to the deadline they happened.   I remember in 2014 when my Twitter timeline blew up after it was reported right after…

Orthorexia: An eating disorder for being too healthy

  Many people suffer from eating disorders, including anorexia and bulimia, obsessing over the quantity of food intake. Recently, mental health experts and medical studies have confirmed there is a new type of eating disorder caused by the obsession of food quality – orthorexia nervosa.   The term “orthorexia” is not new, however.   In…

Lost Dr. Seuss book, “What Pet Should I Get?” to be published

Don’t you wish your life was as colorful as Dr. Seuss’ book, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” or as spontaneous as his classic, “The Cat in the Hat?”   Dr. Seuss’ next children’s book, “What Pet Should I Get?” will be released this summer on July 28, 2015, featuring characters from Seuss’ previous story “One…

‘The Loving Story’ : America’s civil rights struggle for equality: Grasselli Library presented civil rights film series during Black History Month

    “The wheels of justice grind slowly.” These were the words spoken by American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Bernard Cohen to Mildred Loving during her appeal to have her marriage to Richard Loving validated by the state of Virginia from 1964-1967.   At the time, the law in Virginia prohibited interracial marriage, including the…

‘The Last Five Years’ tells a realistic love story through song

  For all you theater lovers, the recent film rendition of Jason Robert Brown’s musical “The Last Five Years” was difficult to come by – particularly if you were anxiously waiting for the film to be released in theaters.   The film, starring Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan and Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick, was only released…

Goodness Gracious: A different kind of role model

Raise your hand if you watched the Academy Awards ceremony this weekend! Now, raise your hand if you have an insane crush on one of the celebrities that graced the ceremony with his or her presence this year.   If I had 10 hands, they would all be in the air. From Bradley Cooper to…

Snow day or school day? Provost explains how decision to cancel classes is made

When more than six inches of snow cover the ground, and the temperature begins to drop, one thing is certain: You will see students tweeting at John Carroll University’s official Twitter account, @JohnCarrollU, asking when school will be cancelled.   But, complaining to the Twitter account does not increase the chances of cancellation of classes…

Exoneree Ricky Jackson speaks to JCU community

  When Ricky Jackson was thrown into the shadowy corners of death row, Gerald Ford was president of the United States, the Vietnam conflict was drawing to a close and modern-day computers and cellphones were merely dreams in the minds of scientists.   Thirty-nine years later, Jackson was exonerated in 2014, becoming the longest serving…

Immersion reflections: Past participants recall experiences in different states and countries

When senior Rachel Byrnes came to John Carroll University, she knew she wanted to experience something that would challenge her.   “I wanted to experience someplace I had never been before and would completely throw me outside of my comfort zone,” Byrnes said.   Byrnes applied to go on a 2014 immersion trip her junior…