Articles by Alexandra Higl

Student Union Executive Board debate focuses on tobacco-free proposal

Debate surrounding a tobacco-free campus, a more transparent Student Union, diverse dining options for students and communication procedures took place at the 2014-2015 Student Union Executive Board debate on Tuesday, November 4 in the LSC Atrium.   The debate began with an address from current Student Union President, senior Tim Ficke, assessing the success of…

Higl's Squiggles: Save an imagination- Buy a Barbie

  Let me take you back to the days of little Alexandra Higl – the certified doll hoarder. Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration. I can assure you I wasn’t even close to the people featured on the A&E documentary series, “Hoarders.”   However, in the ‘90s, my room was a straight up…

Higl's Squiggles: Following Malala Yousafzai’s lead

  Do me a favor. For this one moment, stop thinking about yourself. You heard me. Cast aside that 21st century self-centered mentality for the next few minutes (this might be more difficult for some).   In today’s world, we wallow in self-pity. We’re all guilty of it. Even you. Yes, I’m talking to you.…

Revolution, redemption and love shine in GLT’s ‘Les Miserables’

    4 out of 5 streaks Passion, grief, pain, love and forgiveness captured the hearts and minds of audiences who ventured on the journey guided by the cast of Great Lakes Theater’s “Les Miserables” on Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Hanna Theatre at PlayhouseSquare.   “Les Miserables” is story of social injustice, revolution and…

Head over to a musical lover’s paradise: Second annual Heights Music Hop set for this weekend

  Music lovers will unite at the second annual Heights Music Hop this Saturday, Oct. 11 presented by FutureHeights. FutureHeights, a nonprofit 501c3 organization, focuses on building community within the area.   Event partners include Cleveland Beer Week, the Cedar Lee Special Improvement District and Cellar Door Records.   This music extravaganza kicked off last…

Higl's Squiggles: Please let my daughter be a nerd

I have a dream. Wait, hasn’t that been done before?   Scratch that. It’s more like a wish. Actually, I take that back – it’s a prayer.   Will you please join hands?   To the Man Upstairs, this is my prayer: if one day, I would be so blessed as to have a daughter,…

Higl's Squiggles: Lean in, lean out

  As the great James Brown once said, “It’s a man’s, man’s, man’s world.”   Well, obviously not anymore. It’s the 21st century. We’ve abandoned stereotypes, gender roles and have striven towards equality. Women leaders have rallied as much support as men in the workforce. Right?   Wrong.   My fear is that this grand…

Higl's Squiggles: A letter to Urban Outfitters

  To my loyal readers, I come to you today with a broken heart. As a self-proclaimed lover of fashion and art, I am troubled. A store where I used to spend my spare hours perusing its website, essentially foaming at the mouth at the hipster-esque, jaw-dropping, eye-catching apparel, has lost my trust, respect and…

Higl's Squiggles: Call Me Never

  Hey there, ladies and gentlemen. It’s time to play everyone’s favorite Higl’s Squiggles game: “picture this.”   I’d like you to let your imaginations run wild. Picture a strapping young lad in his 20’s. He works a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. job, and lunchtime rolls around. He leaves the office, and innocently walks…

Higl's Squiggles: What do you want to be remembered for?

  New year, new you – right? Maybe not.   Let me tell you, the whole “nervous pit in your stomach feeling that you’re going to spill your cookies the night before classes” still exists senior year. Oh yes, believe me. And, it’s perfectly acceptable to slam a whole pint of Ben & Jerry’s Chubby…

John Carroll through the eyes of the Rev. Robert Niehoff, S.J.

Student aid, action on sexual assaults and future residence hall renovations are topics the Rev. Robert Niehoff will focus on as he enters his tenth year as president this fall with the promise that his appointment is secure through the end of 2020.   Niehoff discussed these issues among others last week in an interview…

Higl's Squiggles: Please tweet responsibly

To my hip, young, espresso-drinking, social media savvy readers, I pose this question: Have you ever been seized by such unbelievable rage that you just want to scream out your frustrations on the mountaintops? You know what type of rage I’m talking about: the type where you want to go all Incredible Hulk or King…

Higl's Squiggles: Can I be young again? Pretty please?

As the wise George Bernard Shaw once said, “youth is wasted on the young.”   You better believe it is.   It’s my birthday month (all gifts and monetary donations can be directed to the newsroom. I enjoy cake, too). And, as the big 21 approaches, I’ve realized that growing up isn’t as fun as…

Different generations strike common ground through the magic of music

  Two seemingly different generations come together each Monday evening on John Carroll University’s campus through the power of music: adults with Alzheimer’s disease who are often branded with a negative stigma clouded with misunderstanding; millennials who are perceived as self-centered and egotistical.   Each week, JCU students and community people with early stages of…

Higl's Squiggles: When ice cream doesn’t do the job

It gets to a point in life that binge-eating a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Chubby Hubby can only provide so much solace. Sure, the initial experience may be quite heavenly: the sensation of digging your spoon into the sweet and salty good goodness; smacking your lips together in satisfaction after the first few divine…

WJCU Hungarian radio show celebrates 30 years of community programming

    It’s Sunday afternoon. The clock strikes 2 p.m., and five radio show hosts with passions for Hungarian culture, language, community events, literature and music take the air.   For the next three hours, listeners will hear nothing but the Hungarian language across the WJCU 88.7 FM radio waves.   And, that’s the way…

Higl's Squiggles: Honesty is the best policy. Wait, is my nose growing?

    Hey there, ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to play everyone’s favorite game, “name that movie.” (Cue cheesy game show music). I’ll give you a quote and you tell me what movie it’s from. Okay, start the clock.   Girl to another girl’s face: “Omigosh I love your skirt, where’d you get it?” Girl…

Ukraine’s Crimean region votes to join Russian Federation

  Since the beginning of the month, Russia and Ukraine have been up in arms over Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attempt to invade Ukraine’s land.   The spark ignited back on March 1, when Putin ordered Russian troops to occupy Ukraine. Most recently, Putin had his sights set on the region of Crimea – a…

Higl's Squiggles: If I were a cereal, I’d be Raisin Bran

The other day, I underwent a life-changing experience (Get ready, friends. This is about to be deep). It all began around 2 a.m. – well into the wee hours of the night – the time where the most pivotal moments occur. Like all the other great minds who have walked these JCU halls before me,…

Higl's Squiggles: All you need is love

As the dynamic team of Black Eyed Peas and Fergie circa 2003 once asked, “Where is the love?” We live in a world filled with hate: catty females grabbing each other by the hair in a drunken state fighting over the tall, dark and handsome mysterious stranger in the corner. Curly-haired-brunette, pink-wearing girls who squeal…

Higl's Squiggles: Long live The Beatles

  Whenever I’m down in the dumps, I always get by with a little help from my friends. Four fab friends to be exact: Paul, John, George and Ringo. If you live under a rock and are making the confused, blank Paris Hilton stare of oblivion because you have no idea of who I’m talking…

Higl's Squiggles: Boys have cooties

I’ve always been a strong supporter of the “boys have cooties” movement. Perhaps this was because I was burned at a young age. In fact, you could argue I’ve never been the same since. I remember it as if it were yesterday – back in my preschool glory days at the tender age of four.…

Republicans stand against immigration reform

  Conflict amongst the Republican Party has has reached a high point as members are at odds with one another over immigration reform. On Thursday, Jan. 30, House Republican leaders came one step closer to reaching a bipartisan agreement. The GOP drew up a document that outlined a plan for the approximated 11 million illegal…

Higl's Squiggles: Introverts are people, too

Let me draw your attention to the girl in the corner: standing alone, far removed from the crowd. She wears an icy expression affectionately known as her “resting female dog face.” She scowls when people come near her, like one of those pit bulls people lock up behind fences and place a “beware of dog”…

The British are coming to Beachwood: The Pub opens its doors at Beachwood Place

Itching for the opportunity to travel to Great Britain, but unable to leave the comfort of the Cleveland area? Prepare yourself for a British invasion.   Nick Sanders, a restaurateur hailing from Cincinnati, has brought the concept of the classic British pub to Beachwood, Ohio. Sanders is the owner and founder of the Tavern Restaurant…