Articles by Abrial Neely

Wrongfully convicted band members to speak at JCU

  At noon on Friday, Sept. 23, members of “The Exoneree Band” will speak at a panel in the LSC conference room in the D.J. Lombardo Student Center to discuss wrongful convictions. The band is in Cleveland for a House of Blues performance on Thursday, Sept. 22.   Each of the band members was exonerated…

Alumnus’ article published in U.N.

  Tom Weinandy, a 2011 John Carroll University graduate, will have an article published by the United Nations Chronicle. The publication requested Weinandy to write a piece on crisis mapping due to his knowledge on the subject.   As a JCU student, Weinandy majored in Spanish and social entrepreneurship, a major he designed for himself…

John Carroll alumnus survives earthquake in Ecuador

While hundreds died after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Ecuador on Saturday, April 16, John Carroll alumnus, Brian Bayer ’13, survived.   Bayer went to Ecuador three years ago as a year-long volunteer with JCU’s immersion program affiliate, Rostro de Cristo. Afterwards he was invited to return to work on a nonprofit journalism project and…

Heated debate over mock wall divides students: Students for Social Justice erect mock border wall to highlight human rights issue of immigration

  On Tuesday, April 12, a debate broke out concerning the mock border wall outside of the D.J. Lombardo Student Center. The Students for Social Justice (SSJ) have occupied the steps outside of the D.J. Lombardo Student Center and the Grasselli Library in the hopes of educating the campus about immigration reform. The organization has…

Students stand in solidarity with Paris on study abroad trip

John Carroll University offers a number of study abroad opportunities to its students. The International Cultures course, “Gazing Women, from Paris to Florence,” provided students the opportunity to study Italian and French culture. The class included a mandatory trip to France and Italy over the course of spring break of 2016.   The class is…

AAA presents fashion show through the ages

  The African American Alliance (AAA) presented the organization’s first fashion show, “Evolution of Black Fashion,” on Wednesday, Feb. 17 in the Dolan Science Center atrium. The show featured organization members as models and emphasized how black fashion evolved through the ages in America, beginning in the 20s and continuing in the present. The event…

JCU hosts Special Olympics basketball game for fourth year in a row

  John Carroll University opened its doors to members of the Special Olympics basketball league on Saturday, Jan. 30. The game was between Lake County’s Special Olympics basketball team Deepwood and the Middleburg Heights-Berea-Brook Park team, MBB.   The University serves as a neutral site for both teams to compete in a formal setting. To…

Women’s & Gender Studies’ poetry reading: ‘Passion Seeds’

Suzanne Ondrus will be hosting, “A Literary High Tea/Poetry Reading” on Friday, Dec. 5, with the help of the John Carroll Women’s and Gender Studies Program. The event, to be held in room 112 of the O’Malley Center, will ring in the holiday season with readings from Ondrus’ award-winning book, “Passion Seeds.”   “Passion Seeds,”…

Grasselli Library extends hours

    The Grasselli Library and Breen Learning Center will begin to offer longer operation hours for current students and faculty. Starting Sunday Nov. 16, the library hours will now be Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.…

JCU introduces Mike Cleary program in Sports Studies

  For the 2014 school year, John Carroll announced a new academic major, Sports Studies. The new major was established by renowned 1956 John Carroll alum, Mike Cleary. The program is intended for students to learn and excel in fields that concentrate on or around sports.   The Mike Cleary Program in Sport Studies was…

Court of Common Pleas: Francine Goldberg running hard

  Francine “Frankie” Goldberg Imagine being a councilwoman, working as an assistant county prosecutor, speaking to community groups and organizations, participating in a major holiday parade, campaigning night and day, and still having time for a husband and four children. This is the schedule of Francine Goldberg, candidate for judge in the Cuyahoga County Court…

GOP considering new spending bill

    Republicans in the House of Representatives are currently considering a bill that will fund the government through the end of 2014 in order to prevent another government shutdown.   Congress must pass a bill to fund the government by Sept. 30, or the government will be at risk of another partial shutdown, much…

ISIS initiates mass slaughter in Middle East

  The Middle East is currently facing conflict with border conflicts, air strikes, hostages and militant groups. ISIS, also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, guided by leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is causing much of that extreme havoc in the Middle East.   The primary goal of the terrorist organization is remapping…

South Korean ferry carrying 376 passengers capsizes

A South Korean ferry carrying a reported 376 passengers capsized on Wednesday, April 16 while headed to Jeju Island, off the coast of South Korea. As of Sunday, April 27, the death count totalled 187.   The majority of the 376 passengers on board were high school students going on a field trip to the…

Six fatalities reported in northern Chile after 8.2 magnitude earthquake

An 8.2 magnitude earthquake destroyed much of the northern coast of Chile on Tuesday, April 1. The size of the earthquake triggered multiple landslides, a power outage in the surrounding areas and a massive tsunami. Only six people have been reported dead, but authorities have not ruled out the possibility that others could have been…

Severe mudslide devastates Washington state

A major mudslide devastated an area four miles east of Oso, Wash. when part of a hillside collapsed early morning Saturday, March 22. The mudslide was reported to have reached one square-mile, destroying everything in its path. More than 30 homes were demolished by the slide as the mud and debris blocked a one-mile stretch…

JCU takes back the night: Students Empowering Women sheds light on sexual assault through advocacy

  On April 7-10, John Carroll University will present “Take Back the Night,” their annual sexual violence awareness event. The main goal of the program is to raise awareness about the dangers and injustices of sexual violence.   Take Back the Night is not only a JCU tradition, but also an event celebrated internationally, serving…

New ‘Star Wars’ movie set to take the screen

Star Wars fanatics rejoiced as J.J. Abrams publicly announced his upcoming film, “Star Wars: Episode VII,” the first of a planned trilogy. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan teamed up to write the screenplay for the much anticipated new film.   Disney and Lucasfilm made an official announcement on Tuesday, March 18 that the new Star Wars…

‘Noah’ banned in Islamic states

On March 28, Paramount Pictures will premiere its much anticipated film, “Noah,” featuring Russell Crowe, in the United States.   However, some groups are upset with the movie about the biblical figure. Director Darren Aronofsky’s Hollywood film adaptation of the well-known biblical story is already receiving harsh criticism about his creative choices.   Aronofsky is…

Talent shines at JCU

On Friday, Feb. 7, the Beta Theta Pi fraternity presented the annual event “Carroll’s Got Talent” to the JCU community. The event was held at 7 p.m. in the Kulas Auditorium, tickets were $5, and all of the proceeds benefited the Milestones Autism Organization based in Cleveland. The organization’s mission is to educate the community…

Stolen Renoir painting sold for $7

A flea market is an unlikely place to find a famous and original French painting for just $7, but one woman happened to stumble upon just that. Marcia “Martha” Fuqua, also known as “Renoir girl,” reportedly bought the acclaimed painting at a flea market in West Virginia in 2009. The painting, “Paysage Bords de Seine,”…

OurView: It’s looking like Christmas

We all know the timeless Christmas tune “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.” We sing the lyrics at the top of our lungs as soon as we sense the first snowfall.  And, if you are anything like me, you sing along to it off-key when you think no one is listening. While there…

The Student’s guide to a DIY Halloween

Being away at school can make classic Halloween projects difficult, but not impossible. Do-it-yourself creations like homemade costumes and dorm room decorating are fun and easy ways to get into the Halloween spirit. DIY Decoration It is very simple to add some spooky décor to your dorm. Spiderwebs hanging from the walls are an easy…

Abracadabra Alakazam: JCU hosts magician Derek Hughes

On Thursday, Oct. 10, John Carroll  University hosted a well-known magician and actor, Derek Hughes, in the Lombardo Student Center Atrium. Food, drinks and even cupcakes were the main attraction until Hughes set foot on the stage. All audience members were hooked from beginning to end. Hughes, a seasoned magician, was no stranger to the…

WJCU’s Blizzard Bash returns

On Friday, Nov. 22, music and charity will combine forces. WJCU 88.7 FM is teaming up with The Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland to put on the annual Blizzard Bash event, beginning at 9:30 p.m. at the Happy Dog. Blizzard Bash is a charity rock concert whose proceeds go towards alleviating hunger. Admission is $5…