Articles published in December, 2015

Student activism groups call Rob Portman

  Political activism requires those who can build consensus within the student body and support principles that is congruous with their cause. Such was evident on Wednesday, Dec. 9, when two prominent JCU activist groups – the African American Alliance (AAA) and Environmental Issues Group (EIG) – took part in and collaborated with junior Krystal…

Transportation bill passes Congress

    Congressional leaders have finally passed a bill  that addresses a pressing issue among many Americans: the country’s crumbling infrastructure. Assuring the measure that was passed on Tuesday Dec. 2 will remedy many of the ailing bridges and roads, Congressional leaders are convinced the anatomy of the bill was suitably orchestrated. The bill passed…

Blue Streaks earn first at Fredonia Invite

  After claiming the lead over the nine-team field in day one of the State University of New York at Fredonia Invite on Friday, Dec. 4, the John Carroll University women’s swimming and diving team held on over the final two days, earning first place as a team over the three day competition, finishing with…

JCU places fifth at Blue Devil Invite

    Wheeling Jesuit University took home first place in the Fredonia Blue Devil Invite, finishing with 725 points, as the John Carroll University men’s swimming and diving team placed fifth, earning 446 over the three days.   Over the first two days of the Blue Devil Invite, the Blue Streaks hung around near the…

Blue Streaks cruise to seventh straight victory to open season

  As it turns out, seven is a lucky number for the John Carroll University men’s basketball team.   The squad’s seventh straight win to start the 2015-16 season came on Saturday, as the Blue Streaks defeated Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio, a historically tough place for JCU to play.   Entering Saturday’s contest,…

Are the Warriors for real?

  I’ve never seen anything like what the Golden State Warriors are doing right now.   Ever since the Detroit Pistons won the NBA Championship in 2004, I’ve religiously followed the NBA, and I’ve never seen a team as dominant as the Warriors are right now.   The mid-2000s Los Angeles Lakers were close, but…

Mass shooting in California causes Obama to address nation

Gunshots tore through San Bernardino, Calif. as Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik attacked a company Christmas party on Wednesday Dec. 2. The shooting left 14 dead and 21 injured. The suspects were killed after a pursuit and firefight with the police.   Evidence showed the husband and wife team had planned the attack, and…

Pentagon allows women to fight in all combat roles

All U.S. military combat positions are being opened up to women, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Thursday, Dec. 3. According to The Associated Press, the decision allows women to fill about 220,000 jobs that are currently limited to men, including infantry, armor, reconnaissance and some special operations units.   According to The Washington Post, Carter…

OurView: Ballin’ with the mission in mind

  The majority of John Carroll University students have never been in jail. However, when the doors of the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center (CCJDC) slam shut behind a courageous, strong willed and faith filled group of John Carroll University students this week, that assumption will have been completely forgotten.   Michael Gong and Ned…

Madeline's Montage: I’ll be home soon, Mom!

  The weeks after Thanksgiving leading up to Christmas break are probably the worst school days of the entire year.   In a matter of three weeks, students must complete all final assignments and finish up with final exams.   For me, that means turning in four research papers, a final project and reading discussions…

Making time

  German supermarket Edeka released a Christmas commercial last week, and it went viral after being posted online. If you have not seen it as of yet, I recommend you go watch it, but I’ll give you the short version.   The ad opens with an elderly man listening to a voicemail from his adult…

McGowan's Manifesto: The war on X-mas is over (if you want it)

  As warm lights adorn quaint town squares and the soft blanket of snow lays gently on the ground, it’s difficult not to get into a holiday state of mind.  As much as I would love to maintain the cynical journalist stereotype, I am not afraid to admit that I love this time of  year…

JCU falls to ONU, drops to 0-2 in OAC play

John Carroll University Women’s Basketball is just ankle deep into the Ohio Athletic Conference schedule, but the Blue and Gold have already seen some of the toughest talent the conference has to offer. In just their second game of the conference schedule, the Blue Streaks were unable to find that first OAC win. A physical…

List of demands given by AAA

When you think of colleges known for their political activism— Kent State in the ‘70s, Mizzou right now— John Carroll University doesn’t typically come to mind. However, in a recent demonstration by John Carroll’s African American Alliance (AAA) group, the highly politicized issue of racial inequality was brought to center stage, as they demanded to…

Do not be afraid

  There are a lot of things Obama has supported in his two terms as President that I disagree with. But in his speech on Dec. 6 to the nation on terrorism, there was one part that he and I can agree on.   The one thing President Obama is absolutely correct on is not…

Sophomore donates bone marrow to complete stranger

Sophomore Max Quinn has taken part in something that people are only allowed to do twice in a lifetime. He first saw a college football player on ESPN “SportsCenter” who had gone through a website called bethematch.com, where he was matched to be a bone marrow donor to someone with leukemia. Quinn then decided that…

President Niehoff signs national pledge for climate change

  On Wednesday, Nov. 16, the President of the University, the Rev. Robert Niehoff, S.J, signed a national pledge for climate change. The pledge involves a number of different colleges including John Carroll and calls for schools’ commitments to be energy efficient, as well as to educate their students on sustainability.   The document, the…

“Gifts that Give Twice” holiday sale aims to increase awareness of fair trade

“Gifts that Give Twice” is a holiday sale featuring fair trade products, held by Campus Ministry, Students for Social Justice’s Fair Trade Committee, and the Center for Service and Social Action. The sale begins on Wednesday, Dec. 9 and goes until Thursday, Dec. 10 in the O’Malley Center atrium at John Carroll University.   “Gifts…

HLC program reviews: one semester later

    Students may notice their professors are not as available as they were in previous years, they are frequently in meetings with other faculty members and grading is taking longer than usual. Part of this may be caused by program reviews mandated by the Higher Learning Commission.   After being placed “on notice” by the…

AAA airs grievances

As the tide of the racial justice movements initiated by students at the University of Missouri continues to extend to Yale, Fordham, University of Michigan and Loyola of Chicago, among others, John Carroll University is no exception.   On Thursday, Dec. 3, members of the African American Alliance entered classrooms unannounced and presented students in…

British forces begin airstrikes against the Islamic State

The United Kingdom became the next country to join the war against the Islamic State group by voting on Wednesday Dec. 2 in Parliament to approve airstrikes in Syria, according to The New York Times. British lawmakers voted to go ahead with Prime Minister David Cameron’s plan to launch an attack against the terrorist group…

The Gebhardt Collection: Think FAST

  Okay, as far as news in politics goes, the passing of the new highway-funding bill definitely isn’t the sexiest topic—particularly when you think of all else that is going on, like the presidential race, the shooting in California, and the new Greek budget and the Lake Chad suicide bombings.   Nonetheless, the highway-funding bill…

NBC’s “The Wiz” Live brought energy and magic in successful performance

After a series of lackluster live performances such as “The Sound of Music” in 2013, starring Carrie Underwood, and last year’s performance of “Peter Pan” starring Allison Williams and Christopher Walken, NBC brought “The Wiz” to life on Thursday, Dec. 3.   Surprisingly, NBC brought out all the stops and aired an unexpectedly, crowd pleasing…

DisneyLife streaming service competes with Netflix in the UK

Fans of The Walt Disney Company’s works, ranging from movies to television shows, music and books, will be excited to learn about the company’s newly offered streaming service, DisneyLife. According to DisneyLife.com, the system is “a unique digital membership giving you access to our biggest collection of Disney movies, kids’ TV box sets, books, music…