Articles by Alexandra Higl

General Petraeus pleads guilty to charges

  Retired four-star general and former Central Intelligence Agency director David Petraeus pled guilty to one misdemeanor count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified information on Thursday, April 23. USA Today stated Petraeus disclosed material he had “improperly retained from his time as top military commander in Afghanistan” to his lover and biographer, Paula…

Senior Column: Alexandra Higl

  I remember my preschool graduation as if it were yesterday: my five-year-old self practically gushing with joy. (Even though it was mandatory to wear all blue. I, of course, was more of a pink girl.)   All I kept thinking was, “I did it. I survived preschool. I’m one step closing to being a…

Carroll New’s Organization of the Year: The African American Alliance

    Collaboration, discussion, confronting political issues head-on and maintaining a family-like feel have been the key components that have shaped the African American Alliance, differentiating the organization from others on John Carroll University’s campus. This past year, AAA made a name for itself by dramatically stepping up on-campus events as well as renewing efforts…

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.…

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…

Higl's Squiggles: Thank you, John Carroll

  In just two months time, I will no longer walk along the Quad, avoiding eye contact with the voracious squirrels that lurk the campus. I will no longer be able to drop into some of my greatest mentors’ offices and shoot the breeze whenever I please. I will no longer have the pleasure of…

Perspectives from the provost: Why did this happen, and how will JCU move forward?

In an interview with Provost and Academic Vice President Jeanne Colleran, she addressed why John Carroll University didn’t provide the data the Higher Learning Commission sought, why the data didn’t meet the HLC’s standards and also identified areas of improvement the University is working on.   Colleran filled the role of provost and academic vice…

JCU faculty reacts to the news, plans to move forward

  According to some faculty members at John Carroll University, many weren’t shocked last week when they received word the University was put on notice.   “We were anticipating something,” said Anthony Roy Day, chair of the faculty council and professor of physics.   Day explained he was notified last fall when Jeanne Colleran, academic…

JCU placed on notice by Higher Learning Commission, remains accredited: How does this affect the John Carroll University community?

  John Carroll University received a public disclosure notice and an institutional action letter on Tuesday, March 10 stating the institution is at risk of being out of compliance with the criteria for accreditation. The University has been placed on notice, but remains accredited.   JCU first achieved accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission in…

Perspectives from the president: Niehoff responds to Higher Learning Commission notice

The president of John Carroll University said today the news that the University has been placed on notice by the Higher Learning Commission was a surprise to most of the JCU community.   “It’s a shock to us,” said the Rev. Robert Niehoff, S.J., in an interview with The Carroll News. “It’s a shock to…

John Carroll University placed on notice by the Higher Learning Commission

John Carroll University received a public disclosure notice and an institutional action letter on Tuesday, March 10 saying the institution is at risk of being out of compliance with the criteria for accreditation. The University has been put on notice, but remains accredited.   JCU first achieved accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission in 1922,…

Higl's Squiggles: Think before you stereotype

To all you movers and shakers out there, listen to my plea. Join me and break gender stereotypes in the world. Before you throw your hands up in frustration, roll your eyes at another allegedly crazy feminist column and say gender equality does exist, take a deep breath, a step back and hear me out.…

Higl's Squiggles: Resume lines are for wimps

Hello, my name is Alexandra Higl, and I’m an over-achiever. (Phew. Glad I got that off my chest.)   I am among the likes of the annoying “Hermione Grangers” of the bunch – from my commitment to stalking professors in their offices, to being that annoying girl who drinks too much caffeine and doesn’t get…

Higl's Squiggles: 365 days of love

  It’s the most cringeworthy time of the year.   Wait, maybe that’s not how the song goes.   Yes, folks, I’m talking about Valentine’s Day.   It’s the day where I roll my eyes at the copious amounts of nauseating social media posts. You know the type. Basic girls across the globe professing how…

Higl's Squiggles: Tough love

You get a trophy. And you get a trophy. And you, over there, you get a trophy. Everybody gets a trophy.   It feels like that sometimes -– especially in our generation.   I bet you know what I’m talking about.   Pretty much all of us have attended award ceremonies where they give away…

Perspectives from an editor: What is it like to use HealthSpot?

  On Wednesday, Jan. 28, I met with Kevin Darnell, an account executive from HealthSpot, and Jan Krevh, director of the Student Health and Wellness Center, for a demo of the new station. The process was painless, and familiar to anyone who grew up surrounded by technology.   The touchscreen registration was easy to use,…

‘Telemedicine’ comes to JCU: Cleveland Clinic HealthSpot station

John Carroll University has partnered with the Cleveland Clinic and HealthSpot to provide cutting-edge telemedicine technology to students.   Last November, the JCU Health and Wellness Center welcomed a new addition – a 9 by 5 foot white and blue pod, sporting a sleek, modern look.   This pod, called the Cleveland Clinic HealthSpot station,…

Higl's Squiggles: Bash my city no longer

Want to make my blood boil and see the veins pop out of my head? Throw a Cleveland joke at me.  Go on. I dare you.   If you’re so bold as to enter this dangerous territory, prepare yourself for some serious Higl Squiggle sass.   As a born and bred Clevelander, I’ve heard all…

Higl's Squiggles: Dinner convo face off: Kardashians vs. Obama

Hello, and welcome to another round of Higl’s Squiggles’ game, “picture this.” Today, we take you to a suburban house with a white picket fence, lush green yard and a family of four. It’s 5:30 p.m., and the mom, dad and two kids are seated at the dinner table, ready to engage in an intellectual…

Higl's Squiggles: The war on student loan debt

I’m currently on the search for a box. You know, to live in after graduation. It’s rent-free. My biggest fear at the moment is that it won’t be waterproof. I have to plan ahead with this crazy Cleveland weather and all.   I’m also going to have to make friends with someone with a microwave…

Higl's Squiggles: “A big fat bank account and a slim body”

  “Dear Santa,   This year, please give me a big fat bank account and a slim body. Please don’t mix those two up like you did last year. Thanks.”   That’s my Christmas wish. Hold on – just kidding.   Before you rip apart this paper piece by piece in utter horror at the…

Public Square’s makeover predicted to revitalize city

Come June of 2016, Cleveland’s newly-renovated Public Square will be unveiled to the public – just in time for the Republican National Convention. The plan to renovate Public Square, one of Cleveland’s most well-known landmarks in the heart of downtown, has been tossed around for the last five years by the city’s Group Plan Commission…

Humans of John Carroll: The 2014-2015 Student Union Executive Board

President Cole Hassay Junior Cole Hassay plans to use his passion for politics and vast leadership experience to help improve students’ overall college experience. Hassay’s double major in political science and economics, as well as his roles as current vice president of student organizations and vice president of brotherhood for Beta Theta Pi fraternity, keep…

Higl's Squiggles: So what are you going to do with your life?

  Dear youngsters,   Don’t grow up. Don’t be a senior. Don’t do it. Please. I beg of you.   Find the nearest time machine, fountain of eternal youth or some magical Harry Potter knick-knack, and find some way to ensure you don’t get the dreaded, “Senior, it’s time to declare your graduation,” email. (This…