Articles published in March, 2015

Islamic State group-based terrorist attacks kill 130 in Yemen

  The fears of civil war in Yemen escalated over the weekend with reports of suicide bombings and the seizure of the city of Taiz, according to The New York Times.   The violence began Friday, March 20 during a prayer service when an affiliate of the Islamic State group carried out a coordinated suicide…

Islamic State group admits involvement in Tunisia terror plot

  The Islamic State group has taken responsibility in an online audio recording for the deadly attack in Tunisia that ended the lives of  23 people, including two gunmen, and injured many more, according to The New York Times. Tourists from other countries who came to visit the famed National Bordo Museum were the majority…

United States-Israel relations worsen

  The rift between President Barack Obama and newly reelected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has grown considerably in the past couple of weeks following a controversial interview.   The recent uproar began when Netanyahu, who, on the last day of his campaign for reelection, urged all far-right Israelis to mobilize and vote so the…

Looking ahead to 2016: candidate updates

Ted Cruz   First-term Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)officially announced his plans to run for the presidency in 2016. At midnight on Monday, March 2, he tweeted, “I’m running for President and I hope to earn your support!”   Cruz officially announced on Monday, March 23 at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia that he is seeking…

The Johnson Journal: End of an age

  One day, I woke up and I was 22. It’s as if I went to sleep at 15 years old, or it might’ve been at 12, and I’ve just now awoken from my long, disorienting slumber.   Life moves at a rapid, yet repetitive pace. There are only flashes and few instances where I…

John Carroll Blue Streak varsity athletics: Weekend roundup 3/21-3/22

Men’s  Track & Field   John Carroll University men’s track team kicked off its outdoor season on the right foot. The Blue Streaks collectively scored 155 points to win the Amy Adams Memorial Invitational at Muskingum University this past Saturday. JCU finished 10 points better than runner-up Ohio Wesleyan University.   It was quite an…

JCU manages one win over tough four-game weekend

    The John Carroll University softball team endured a tough weekend, compiling a 1-3 record after splitting its Ohio Athletic Conference opener and falling twice to No. 8, Trine University.   The conference opener for the Blue Streaks against Muskingum University marked the worst loss in program history. The Blue Streaks fell in the…

March with Mamadou

March Madness is in full-effect. The first weekend –– while not as collectively crazy as some weekends we’ve had in recent years –– was still exciting. Specifically, the first day of the tournament was one of the greatest days in NCAA Tournament history, tying a record with five one-point games.   Yet, it was the…

Blue Streaks continue historic start with two-game sweep

  The John Carroll University Blue Streaks completed a two-game sweep over the University of Mount Union on Saturday, March 21. The Blue Streaks beat the Purple Raiders 7-1 and 7-0 in Alliance, Ohio in JCU’s Ohio Athletic Conference opener.   The second game was JCU’s first shutout game in the series.   The Blue…

PlayhouseSquare’s Ohio Theatre lobby to be restored

PlayhouseSquare announced on Saturday, March 14 the Ohio Theatre Lobby will undergo restoration thanks to a $3 million donation by the George Gund Foundation. This donation will allow the Ohio Theatre Lobby to be restored to its original 1921 architecture, which was destroyed by a fire.   After a fire on July 4, 1964, the…

Cleveland International Film Festival celebrates 39 years

  The Cleveland International Film Festival, a staple of the city, is celebrating its 39th year, showcasing over a total of 180 feature films and 65 short films, hailing from 68 different countries.   The festival kicked off on March 18 and continues until March 29, with showings in several theaters including Shaker Square Cinemas,…

‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ lets actors shine: Simplistic performance graces the Kulas stage in the spring production

“Dancing at Lughnasa,” showing at John Carroll University in Kulas Auditorium until March 29, is a play audiences will enjoy.   The play, by Brian Friel, is directed by Nathan Motta, the fifth artistic director at Dobama Theatre. There, he has directed acclaimed productions including “The Lyons” and “Time Stands Still.” Motta is a professional…

Goodness Gracious: This I believe

In 1951, famed journalist Edward R. Murrow began hosting a radically new radio program called “This I Believe.” This program featured numerous social figures, including Helen Keller, Harry Truman, Jackie Robinson and Eleanor Roosevelt, who wrote and read aloud essays about their personal beliefs. These beliefs ranged from the future of humanity, to the virtue…

Higl's Squiggles: Nearing the finish line

Well, friends, it’s the end of an era. This is the last Higl’s Squiggles you’ll ever have the honor of reading. (Not to worry, though. I’ll write my final ‘thank you’ column in the senior edition in late April. That’ll be a tearjerker.)   Ah yes, they’ve finally done it. They’ve finally kicked me out.…

A call for the core

  Chuck Todd, moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press” and NBC News’ political director, visited John Carroll University last Wednesday, March 18. He focused his talk on the 2016 presidential election. The John Carroll community was invited to ask questions about various political topics and offered positive feedback after the lecture.   John Carroll’s decision…

Cup of Joe: You say goodbye, I say hello

My mom once told me, “Every time one door closes, another opens.” Her words apply perfectly in this column.   It’s time to say goodbye to my column, “Cup of Joe,” which I’ve written for nearly two and a half years. It’s also time to welcome new opportunities with open arms.   Following three years…

Interfraternity council: Fraternal thoughts

Across the country, Greek life – in particular fraternity life – has been receiving negative press about certain organizations’ poor attempts at representing what brotherhood means. Some attempts have been communal chants dealing with race. Others have been active and alumni members sharing inappropriate images of women on their social media profiles.     Actions like…

Planting seeds of resistance: Professor travels to Israel to resist occupation of Palestine

  B’Tselem, an Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, is loosely translated in Hebrew as “take a picture and document this.” This is exactly what associate professor of education David Shutkin did when he started blogging about his trip to Israel, where he participated in acts of civil disobedience.   Shutkin…

Student Union forum addresses HLC notice: Provost, vice president of enrollment answer questions about JCU’s future

The John Carroll University Student Union held an open forum on Thursday, March 19, for the community’s questions regarding the accreditation of the University in future years. Provost and Academic Vice President Jeanne Colleran and Vice President of Enrollment Brian Williams led a discussion hoping to ease the minds of the undergraduate and graduate students…

Moderator of ‘Meet the Press’ visits JCU

  An analysis of the 2016 presidential race, predictions for Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush and witty remarks doused with pointed humor were all components of Todd’s political lecture at John Carroll University’s Donahue Auditorium on Wednesday, March 18.   The Rev. Robert Niehoff, S.J. kicked off the talk, welcoming WKYC’s Russ Mitchell, lead anchor…

Q & A with ‘Meet the Press’ moderator Chuck Todd

In an interview with The Carroll News, “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd talked about the show’s recent transition period, the challenges involved, the future of Sunday morning political talk shows and offered advice for aspiring political journalists.   The Carroll News: Around the time when you first joined the “Meet the Press” team, the…

Political science students visit City Club of Cleveland

  Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, Supreme Court aficionado, member of Phi Beta Kappa, Yale Law School lecturer, and “New York Times” Journalist; Linda Greenhouse has earned all of these titles, and more. On Friday, March 20th, Greenhouse spoke at the Cleveland City Club about the past ten years of the Roberts Court, or the Supreme…

Oklahoma fraternity closed following racist allegation

  The University of Oklahoma disbanded the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity chapter last week following a viral video showing its members partaking in a racist chat.   NBC reported over 100 students at the university were suspended after the school’s administration viewed the video, featuring members using slurs against African-Americans- one of which referenced lynching.…

Ferguson rallies lead to the shooting of two police officers

  Conflict has once again erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, as two police officers were shot during a protest rally on Thursday, March 12.   According to The New York Times, the shooting happened just after midnight on Thursday morning.   Authorities have since charged 20-year-old Jeffrey Williams with first-degree assault.   Williams shot and wounded…

What is really important

    When you turn on your computer and bring up a soft-news site like Yahoo, what is the first “news” story that you see? For me, the story that is flashing on the screen as I write this article screams “Celebs without makeup” and begs me to watch a six-minute video where photos of…