Articles published in September, 2015

Grasselli’s Banned Books series hopes to spark opinions

Banned Books Week is approaching and John Carroll University is participating in the nationwide event to bring awareness on this issue regarding freedom of speech.   Banned Books Week was founded in 1982 by Judith Krug and has been sponsored by the American Library Association. The week-long event begins Sept. 27 and continues until Oct.…

EU countries close borders

Just after President Barack Obama announced the United States will bring in 10,000 Syrian refugees within the next fiscal year, asylum seekers faced another conflict on their road to freedom. The Hungarian government began construction on a 109 kilometer razor-wired fence on the country’s border with Croatia. Upward of 17,000 people have entered Croatia over…

Clinton feels the “Bern” as Sanders rises in the polls

  Vermont Senator and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is energizing a grassroots movement to end government corruption and to empower America’s working class.  Delivering speeches to rallies numbering in the thousands, no presidential candidate thus far has received the same robust enthusiasm for their campaign.   As the October debate approaches, Sanders’ fervent and active…

Shutdown 2.0

      When I was in eighth grade, my teacher, Mr. Fowler, would ask the class, “If pro and con are opposites, what is the opposite of progress?” Congress. Even now, I still giggle a little bit at that very classic dad-joke. Despite his humorous intentions, Mr. Fowler had a point.   In 1948,…

Egyptian airstrike kills Mexican tourists

    An idyllic, sunny trip three hours away from Egypt’s capital, Cairo, turned into a bloody massacre on Sunday, Sept. 13, when a military airstrike accidentally killed several Mexican tourists.   Numerous tourists were out in the desert, accompanied with a tour guide, police escort and the security of an Apache helicopter. As soon…

Carson rises in the polls, becoming a Trump challenger

    Just two years ago, Ben Carson retired from his position as head of pedantic neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Now, he is in serious contention to be the next President of the United States.   Growing up in Detroit, Carson’s family was very poor. He was raised by his mother, who worked multiple low-wage…

Fiorina wins the second Republican primary debate

      CNN hosted the second of the Republican Presidential Primary debates on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015 at the Reagan Library in California. The main debate, which started at 5 p.m. PST, featured the top 11 candidates who were leading in the polls. The trailing four candidates were in a separate debate that started early…

Blue Streaks win OT thriller, fall to Wooster

In a game of many firsts for John Carroll University’s women’s soccer team, freshman Katie O’Donnell beat multiple defenders and scored the game’s lone goal in the 103’ to give the Blue Streaks a 1-0 victory over Hanover College on Saturday, Sept. 19. The game winner was O’Donnell’s first goal of the season and the…

Blue Streaks take lessons from weekend in Wisconsin

    The 2015 edition of the John Carroll University volleyball squad came into the fall season with big expectations.  The team was voted as preseason favorites to win the Ohio Athletic Conference in the conference coaches poll, something they have not done in 21 years.  The team is coming off of their first over…

Key blocked PAT leads to victory in OAC opener

Football’s most overlooked play had a critical role in Saturday’s John Carroll University vs. Heidelberg University game in Tiffin, Ohio. Following a 10-play, 62-yard touchdown drive, Heidelberg held a 16-7 lead. With 11:39 remaining in the third quarter, Heidelberg kicker Stephen Smith lined up for the point after touchdown (PAT) that would make it a…

The end of Peyton

Anybody who watched Thursday Night Football last week saw what I saw.   Sure, he was able to lead the comeback to tie the game in the final minute, but let’s not kid ourselves, the Peyton Manning we are going to see throughout this season is a shell of the Peyton Manning we are used…

Blue Streaks put together winning weekend despite poor weather

    Women’s Cross Country   A strong performance by the  John Carroll University women’s cross country team was enough to bring home the title from the Penn State University-Behrend Invitational in Erie, Pennsylvania on Saturday, Sept. 19.   JCU had six of the top nine runners, which lead to them scoring 22 points, putting…

Multiple events lead to low scores for JCU’s golf teams

Men’s Golf   With the Baldwin Wallace Yellow Jacket Men’s Golf Invitational and the John Carroll University Fall Tournament taking place over a four-day span, the JCU men’s golf team had their hands full.   On Saturday, Sept. 19, the Blue Streaks placed second in a four team field at the Baldwin Wallace Yellow Jacket…

JCU returns to winning ways with victory over Hiram College

A cool September evening welcomed the John Carroll University men’s soccer team back to the friendly walls of Don Shula Stadium for the second home game on the 2015 schedule. In front of the Alumni Night crowd,  on Saturday, Sept. 19, the Blue Streaks beat the Hiram College Terriers 3-0 in the 40th meeting between…

Madeline's Montage: Know fear; learn bravery

    Four months ago, John Carroll students pulled up to a gated retreat house that was consumed by the darkness of the sky and the claustrophobic buildings of Arbolito, Ecuador.   It was nothing like the pictures; no roaming hills, seldom bright colors, and city people starring at the white van full of visitors…

OurView: Win the work week

  To introduce myself, my name is Michael Hurley. I am a senior in the business school and I run cross country and track. I am honored to have the opportunity to write for the Carroll News, a fine organization. When I was given the chance to write commentary for my colleague, Madeline, I had…

McGowan's Manifesto: An enchantment with writing

  The gentle Lake Erie air kissed my skin as I found myself thinking about the future. The day was August 1, 2015, and I was enjoying yet another ideal summer day, lazily reading on the expansive wrap-around porch of the 140 year-old Hotel Lakeside in Lakeside, OH, a cozy Chautauqua community on the shores…

But first, let me take a selfie

Those of us who are part of Generation Y are often berated for our dependence on the Internet for basically everything we do.   It is said we don’t know how to open a book or dial a phone number. Apparently, we are so addicted to Facebook and Twitter, we aren’t able to function without…

Migration crisis threatens European unity

    The European Union (EU), which was founded in the decade after World War II and is one of the most successful international organizations the world has ever seen, is facing a battle for its very survival.   Having been battered by the [Greek] financial crisis for the past few years, it now faces…

Students at your service

Recently, John Carroll students have voiced their concerns regarding the slow service of the Inn Between and a lack of other food choices on campus. A significant number of students have noticed they have had to wait 20 or more minutes for a simple takeout meal. This is due to understaffing in the grab-and-go facility,…

Car stolen from Green Road Annex

Freshman Chris LaPaglia’s vehicle was stolen from the Green Road Annex parking lot on Friday, Sept. 18 between the hours of 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. After being taken from the lot where JCU underclassmen park, the vehicle was used in a commission of a crime in Beachwood. Four suspects fled the vehicle after it…

Memorial service commemorates the Rev. Valentino Lassiter

It is a very special thing to see John Carroll University administrators, faculty, students and members of the surrounding communities standing together to celebrate the life of a mutual friend, mentor, teacher and spiritual advisor. On Tuesday, Sept. 22, the JCU community did just that, as they honored the life of Rev. Valentino Lassiter, who…

Irish immersion class studies peacebuilding in Ireland

Over the summer, nine students went on a two week immersion trip to Belfast, Ireland. The trip was for the Irish Studies: Peacebuilding Immersion class. The class, which has an emphasis on literature and film, is offered in the spring semester and covers the history of the “Troubles” era that arose from conflict between the…

Students complain about wait times at Inn Between

The Inn Between, JCU’s cafeteria alternative for on-campus dining, is currently experiencing an understaffing situation.   Students have been consequentially tolerating longer wait times, sometimes as long as twenty minutes to receive their orders.   The dilemma stems from a potential discrepancy in the number of workers servicing the stations at the popular eating area…

Administration works toward HLC standards: University takes action to maintain accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission

John Carroll University was put on notice by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) in March of last semester. Since then, JCU faculty and staff have been working to bring the University up to HLC standards. One of the problems being addressed is having legitimate evidence that students are learning and that John Carroll is an…