Articles published in January, 2016

Not too big, not too small

  School has started once more, after a semester quaked by turbulence. Students returned to campus in August to new parking regulations. The semester ended with John Carroll University’s African American Alliance (AAA) demanding changes to the University. For a school with fewer than 4,000 students, very prominent issues have been thrust into the limelight.…

Time to start paying attention

  After months and months of putting off paying attention to the presidential race, the time has come to start paying attention. The Iowa caucuses are next Tuesday, and the New Hampshire primary is the next Tuesday. These are the first time real people will go to the polls and caucus centers to voice their…

SCOTUS to review immigration reform

  Adding another highly contentious case to their 2016 docket, the United States Supreme Court announced Tuesday, Jan. 19 that they will review United States v. Texas, assessing the legality of President Barack Obama’s immigration reform orders.   Fourteen months ago, President Obama proposed to make it easier for the millions of people living in…

Senate fails to pass vote pausing refugees

  The United States Senate failed to pass legislation on Wednesday. Jan. 20 regarding further screening requirements for Iraqi and Syrian refugees.  The proposal would have put more background checks in place and would have required individual sign-offs from three high-ranking federal officials before any refugee from Syria or Iraq could come to the United…

Presidential candidates take aim at Iowa Caucus

  Both the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates are focusing their efforts on challenging their opponents as the Iowa caucus approaches, which is considered the official start of the presidential nomination race, according to the Chicago Sun Times. On Feb. 1, registered party voters across the state will cast their ballots for their preferred candidate.…

Islamic State destroys ancient Christian monastery

Satellite footage obtained by The Associated Press on Jan. 20 documented the destruction of Saint Elijah’s monastery, a 1,400 year old Christian landmark located in Mosul, Iraq. The Islamic State terrorist group, also known by the Arabic word Daesh, claimed responsibility for the temple’s razing. It is believed that these actions took place in the…

Citizens demand answers as Flint water Crisis worsens

Michigan governor Rick Snyder is facing harsh criticism and accusations of ignoring the present water crisis in the city of Flint, Michigan, located nearly 70 miles northwest of Detroit. The 100,000 citizens of Flint have been unable to drink the city’s water due to extremely high levels of lead.   Although this issue has just…

JCU squeaks out win in overtime thriller

  Four quarters were not enough to determine a winner in Saturday, Jan. 23’s game against Wilmington College.  In the end, John Carroll University women’s basketball team came out victorious, 77-76, pushing their overall record to 10-7 and 5-5 in Ohio Athletic Conference play.   The Blue Streaks could not buy a bucket to start…

The housing market: either in recovery or relapse?

    The effects of the 2008 housing crisis were felt on a global scale.   According to Forbes, the federal reserve lowered their interest rate to less than one percent.   This made it almost pointless to invest in treasury bills through the Fed, otherwise known as the Federal Open Trade Committee, but incredibly…

Economic disturbances hurt world economies

  As the 2016 year begins, and calls for economic readjustments, policy experts attempt to assess how to move forward in a fluctuating global economy due to several, recent economic disturbances.   China maintains the integral role in molding the world economy, even as the United States is juxtaposed in the variety of markets it…

Honored seniors lead way in dual wins

The John Carroll University women’s swimming and diving team quietly collected six victories in eight dual meets, including weekend wins over Hiram College on Friday, Jan. 22 and Baldwin Wallace University on Saturday, Jan. 23.   Since starting the season at 0-2, the Blue and Gold have not lost a meet. The trend continued Friday…

Blue Streaks hit stride over weekend

It is all beginning to come together for the John Carroll University men’s swimming and diving squad.   The team’s veterans are performing, the underclassmen are thriving, and the Blue Streaks look like the squad to beat as the regular season draws to a close.   The Blue Streaks cruised to a dominant 140-31 win…

Energy hedge funds make money while oil plunges

December’s plunge in oil prices has dragged down much of the energy sector with it.   However, some energy-focused hedge funds managed to avoid the struggle entirely and have profited recently.   Lansdowne Partners, one of Europe’s largest hedge funds with $22 billion, gained 14.8 percent last year in its energy-focused equity fund, according to…

Boler Business : Why people should be concerned about cheap oil

      The drop of oil prices below $30 per barrel seems great for consumers, allowing most to fill their car’s tank for $2 per gallon.   Some consumers believe this decrease in prices should help boost the U.S. economy, with people saving more on gas and spending more money elsewhere.   Currently, cheap…

New home in Columbus for 2016 Alternative Press Music Awards

  Held in Cleveland for the past two years, the Alternative Press Music Awards (APMAs) will be moving to Columbus. The APMAs honor the best in pop punk, alternative rock and other music genres.   Since the APMAs began in 2014, the awards show has formerly been held in large venues around Cleveland, including The…

Gandhi’s grandson speaks of the importance of nonviolence in America

  Few names can be immediately recognized as people who have made a difference in the world. The name Gandhi is widely associated with peace, and his grandson, Arun Gandhi, delivered just that message to the John Carroll community.   As a part of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on campus, Mohandas Gandhi’s…

Are we ready for an interest rate hike?

  As many of you may know, the Federal Open Trade Committee made a landmark decision to raise interest rates back in December.   For the last eight years, the United States has seen nearly nonexistent interest rates, and therefore inflation.   However, now the FOMC plans to raise interest rates to about 5.5 percent…

Student Union members sworn in at inauguration

Last week, the John Carroll University Student Union convened to review the highs and lows of their tenure in 2015, as well as welcome the new president, executive board members and senators with an inaugural ceremony.   Former President of Student Union, senior Cole Hassay, started the evening with an outgoing statement reflecting on the…

Niehoff responds to African American Alliance demands

  The African American Alliance (AAA) of John Carroll University recently proposed a series of systematic changes to increase racial equality on campus in the form of a list of 10 demands.   On Tuesday, Jan. 19, the Office of the President issued an e-mail to all students informing them of the actions to be…

“Little Shop of Horrors”: A thrilling sensation

Cleveland Play House, celebrating its 100th season, presents “Little Shop of Horrors,” a twisted comedy musical about a man-eating plant named Audrey II.   Seymour, a nerdy floral clerk, comes across a peculiar and bizarre new plant that might just be his ticket to fame and fortune to get him out of the dumps of…

JCU Respect for Life group members trapped in snow

  After attending the March for Life in Washington, D.C., members of John Carroll University’s Respect for Life group had no idea their journey home would elapse into 36 hours on a bus.   Thirty-eight JCU students along with two faculty advisors drove home from D.C. and were stranded ten miles west of Bedford, Penn.…

Cleveland’s coaching carousel

Nobody saw it coming. On Friday, Jan. 22 at 3:52 pm, Yahoo’s lead NBA writer, and one of the most respected writers who covers the NBA, Adrian Wojnarowski, tweeted out that the Cleveland Cavaliers fired David Blatt.   Twitter exploded. Nearly everybody who covers or follows the NBA was in absolute shock.   At the…

Big second half propels JCU to win over Wilmington

  The John Carroll University men’s basketball team’s season reached new heights as the team capped off one of the best two-week periods in program history.   After the Blue Streaks defeated the University of Mount Union and Baldwin Wallace University in back-to-back games, JCU is officially undefeated halfway through Ohio Athletic Conference play for…

2016 Sundance Film Festival: Most anticipated films

Filmmakers and fans of the theater are gearing up for this year’s Sundance Film Festival, which will take place Jan. 21-31 in Park City, Utah.   Sundance Film Festival is an annual event that draws talent and potential film buyers from all over the world.   Since 1985, hundreds of films launched at the Festival…