Articles published in November, 2015

Social justice and an artistic medium

On Friday, Nov. 13, Russian poet Sergey Gandlevsky read his poetry to students and staff in the O’Dea Room. While he read in Russian, English professor Phil Metres translated. Gandlevsky and Metres have been friends since 1993; they met when Metres spent the year in Russia learning about the poetry and culture. He says, “Sergey…

The Gebhardt Collection: Sin City sets the standard

  Right now, in American politics, there is a fair amount of xenophobic rhetoric being tossed around by a couple of major political figures. There is talk of mass deportations and of walls and of stricter immigration policies—all of which is enough to make one believe that the United States is in some sort of…

Obama stops Keystone XL Pipeline

President Obama halted the building of the Keystone XL Pipeline on Friday, Nov. 6. Formerly issuing a revamped and stringent environmental regulatory policy, Obama continues to challenge large oil companies and other carbon emission contributors.  Now augmenting his plan to lead a global front on lowering carbon emissions, Obama has resolutely batted down efforts to…

Trump was too funny

  Like a lot of Americans, on Saturday night, I tuned in to NBC to watch Saturday Night Live. I have always been a fan of the show and watch when I want to, but I could not miss this past Saturday’s episode. As a fan of comedy and a self-described political junkie, this was…

Blue Streaks go 1-4 in season opening weekend

  The John Carroll University wrestling team opened their season on Saturday, Nov. 7 as the University hosted the first annual John Carroll University Wrestling Duals.   The Blue Streaks looked strong in their first dual of the season, defeating Washington and Lee University, 33-15. In the victory, seven different JCU wrestlers won their matches.…

JCU stumbles late, falls in Ohio Athletic Conference Championship

  Penalty kicks were the bearer of bad news for John Carroll University Men’s soccer on Saturday, Nov. 7.   Regulation plus overtime was not enough for JCU and host Ohio Northern University in the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship game. Instead, it took five rounds of “PKs” to crown the Polar Bears the 2015 OAC…

JCU wins fifth straight game heading into Mount Union matchup

    Seniors ruled the first quarter of Saturday’s Ohio Athletic Conference contest between John Carroll University and Otterbein University, but one sophomore dominated the rest of the game.   Otterbein’s Kevan Green and John Pyles helped the Cardinals rush to a 13-0 lead on Senior Day in Westerville, but JCU sophomore Ro Golphin scored…

Andre the giant

  How good is Andre Drummond? Nobody really knows, but he’s giving everybody in the NBA reason to believe he may be on his way to becoming the next Dwight Howard.   As a Detroit Pistons’ fan, I’m trying to temper my expectations as much as anyone, but he’s making it pretty difficult.   At…

OurView: When life hits you hard

Much like a Frisbee flying haphazardly across the quad, adulthood can hit you when you least expect it. One day you are going about your life as a 20-year-old, laughing a stupid crude puns, wearing novelty T-shirts, not able to shake the feeling of that last year as a teenager from your attitude. Life seems…

Madeline's Montage: Refusing to forget

I found a piece of paper in a box of homeless things from my childhood. My friend and I talked briefly about it, but it’s been dauntingly hanging over my head all week.   It had been an assignment from kindergarten or sooner. The front read “Holy” and the inside said, “I see God…” I…

Does this offend you?

‘Tis the season to be jolly.   Or not.   Time Magazine reported this week that some Christians are speaking out against Starbucks’ holiday cup this year. The token red cup, which usually includes some sort of holiday symbol such as snowflakes, reindeer, ornaments and so on, is now void of these designs and instead…

Noelle's Corner: An open letter to my mom

Dear Mom,   One day, I looked in the mirror, curious of why I am the person I am today. I thought about my personality and my mannerisms, realizing they are so similar to yours.   I looked at the way I dress and my facial structure that uncannily resembles so much of you. Slowly…

The Gebhardt Collection: A historic shift in Myanmar

Dominating the international news headlines this week are the parliamentary elections in Myanmar (also called Burma). Though the vote counting procedure is just finishing up, the opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), is claiming that they have secured a majority in the national parliament, signaling a historic shift in Burmese politics.   Now,…

Ohio says no to Gerrymandering, Monopolies, and Marijuana

  Voters across the state of Ohio voted on three state issues on Election Day, Nov. 3.   According to Cleveland.com, State Issue 1 passed by a margin of 2,025,467 to 808,999, as well as State Issue 2 which passed 1,553,357 to 1,451,520, while State Issue 3 failed 1,094,289 to 1,958,802. Ohio Secretary of State…

New liberal Canadian Prime Minister sworn in

  Justin Trudeau was sworn in Wednesday as Canada’s new Liberal prime minister, and his new cabinet ministers vowed to honor campaign pledges to settle 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year.   “Government by Cabinet is back,” Trudeau said, vowing to have an open and transparent government. Power in Harper’s government was…

Russian plane downed over Egypt, possible ISIS ties

  A Russian plane crashed 23 minutes after taking off over Egypt on Oct. 31 on it’s way to St. Petersburg, Russia. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have claimed they were the group behind the crash. According to Reuters, Egyptian investigators say they are “90-percent sure” a bomb was put on the plane…

Misguided and misdirected

  On Oct. 4, Oct. 22 and Oct. 31, someone anonymously distributed letters throughout Dolan Science Center against homosexuals and the LGBTQ community. The same person, who may or may not be a member of the John Carroll community, also placed discriminatory letters into faculty offices mailboxes and wrote, “Repent and follow Jesus, as he…

McGowan's Manifesto: Check your privillege at the door

  It was once said by  Desmond Tutu,  “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” Since the racially charged brutality that took place last year in Ferguson, Miss. was brought to light,  I have been awakened to an understanding of our deeply racist American history and…

Textbook sharing program seeks to reduce cost for students

The textbook sharing program at the Grasselli library allows JCU students to borrow a textbook free of charge for two hours. The program is in its third year of existence and is growing in popularity.   The program came about originally through a marketing study conducted in 2012 by student support professional Tia Pearson for…

New bill requires reason for expulsion on transcripts

  On Tuesday, Nov. 3, John Carroll University’s Student Union passed a bill regarding expulsion. If approved by the Dean of Students Office, the bill would require the transcript of an expelled student to state the reason behind their expulsion. This is different from the previous policy, under which expulsion was not discussed in detail.…

Student Union passes bill regarding core course offerings

  On Tuesday, Nov. 3, the Student Union passed a new bill that, if approved by the University, would mandate academic departments to include information on their online and printed course listings as to whether a course is offered exclusively during either fall or spring semesters.   The bill is one of many student propositions…

Student Union passes new bill requesting policy change: New bill requests the University change wording of sexual consent policy from nonverbal to strictly verbal

When Student Union held a sexual assault forum in October, the majority of students in attendance agreed that nonverbal consent is not consent.   In response to the forum, a bill was passed on Tuesday, Nov. 2 at the Student Union meeting that Student Union President Cole Hassay explains as a “request that JCU have…

Anonymous writer warns John Carroll with homophobic letters

  “It is a proven fact that homosexuality is an evil act. It is a sick knowledge and a sickness of the mind.” This was the opening quote from a letter addressed to President “Barak” Obama, and given to students at the SUPB Drag Show on Oct 22.   John Carroll University’s Dolan Center for…

Lionsgate to open “The Hunger Games” theme park

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” premieres in theaters on Friday, Nov. 20. This is the final installment of the Hunger Games series, based on the science fiction novels by Suzanne Collins. However, “The Hunger Games” franchise will not fade out after the release of the final movie, as Lionsgate Entertainment Corporation has announced their…

Leave your masks and lightsabers at home: Theaters implement dress codes for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” screenings

  Two of the largest movie theater chains, Cinemark and AMC, will be implementing dress codes for its showings of the upcoming film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which opens Dec. 18, 2015.   Cinemark revealed its restrictions in fine print on the bottom of promotional posters, reading, “Star Wars” costumes are welcome. However, no…