Articles by Ashley Bastock

Senior Column: Ashley Bastock

  My time at John Carroll University has been somewhat unexpected. I’ve learned more, both in the classroom and outside of it, than I ever could have imagined. I’ve made friends, I’ve lost friends and now I’m about to begin on a completely different journey entirely.   I set a personal goal for myself when…

Hillary Clinton to seek presidency 2016

  Hillary Rodham Clinton officially announced her plans to run for President on Sunday, April 12 in an email to donors and a video post on her website and social media pages, ending several years of speculation.   The video shows average Americans getting ready for various milestones in their lives, including finding a job…

JCU continues strong play heading into home stretch

A pair of double headers against Otterbein University and DePauw University would lead to two splits for John Carroll University’s  softball team over the weekend. The Blue Streaks are currently in third place in the Ohio Athletic Conference as playoffs near. Only the top four teams in the conference will receive playoff bids.   JCU…

Islamic State group-based terrorist attacks kill 130 in Yemen

  The fears of civil war in Yemen escalated over the weekend with reports of suicide bombings and the seizure of the city of Taiz, according to The New York Times.   The violence began Friday, March 20 during a prayer service when an affiliate of the Islamic State group carried out a coordinated suicide…

JCU manages one win over tough four-game weekend

    The John Carroll University softball team endured a tough weekend, compiling a 1-3 record after splitting its Ohio Athletic Conference opener and falling twice to No. 8, Trine University.   The conference opener for the Blue Streaks against Muskingum University marked the worst loss in program history. The Blue Streaks fell in the…

Boko Haram allies with Islamic State

  The Islamic State group is expanding into West Africa after accepting an allegiance pledge from Boko Haram.   The allegiance pledge was made public after an audio recording was released by the Islamic State on Thursday, March 12. According to Time Magazine, Flashpoint Intelligence, a global security firm, was able to independently verify the…

March Madness

  It’s the most wonderful time of the year… for sports fans: March Madness. It’s by far my favorite sporting event of the year. Now, of course, I am biased being a basketball player. But, there truly is nothing like the NCAA Tournament.   However, in recent years, the same debate keeps appearing. In the…

Obama faces backlash over war on Islamic State group

    The Obama administration began its attempt to counter the actions of the Islamic State group five months ago. Now, with no end in sight, the president is requesting formal authorization from Congress to continue their fight.   According to CNN, this authorization would limit U.S. ground troops to be deployed in the Middle…

Blue Streaks cruise into OAC Tournament semifinal

  The Blue Streaks finished the regular season at 19-5 overall, 15-3 in Ohio Athletic Conference play. The last time the men’s program recorded a 19-win season was in 2010-2011 season.   The Blue Streaks were led by a balanced scoring effort from junior Will Starks and senior David Hendrickson, who scored 17 and 16…

Snow day or school day? Provost explains how decision to cancel classes is made

When more than six inches of snow cover the ground, and the temperature begins to drop, one thing is certain: You will see students tweeting at John Carroll University’s official Twitter account, @JohnCarrollU, asking when school will be cancelled.   But, complaining to the Twitter account does not increase the chances of cancellation of classes…

Immersion reflections: Past participants recall experiences in different states and countries

When senior Rachel Byrnes came to John Carroll University, she knew she wanted to experience something that would challenge her.   “I wanted to experience someplace I had never been before and would completely throw me outside of my comfort zone,” Byrnes said.   Byrnes applied to go on a 2014 immersion trip her junior…

Philadelphia to host the 2016 DNC

  The Democratic National Convention will take place in Philadelphia in July 2016. On Thursday, Feb. 12, the Democratic National Committee confirmed their selection. Philadelphia was chosen over Brooklyn, New York and Columbus, Ohio.   According to CNN, the decision was announced through a Facebook video post, where DNC chairwoman and congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz…

JCU pulls away late in historic upset win over No. 3 Pioneers

Coming into Saturday’s contest, the Marietta College men’s basketball team sat atop the Ohio Athletic Conference. With only three conference games remaining, John Carroll University needed a key win over the Pioneers. Behind sophomore David Linane’s career-high 30 points, JCU would get just that. Linane led JCU to a 86-71 win over No. 3 Marietta…

Clicking Cavaliers

  When LeBron James decided to take two weeks off in the beginning of January, things could not look any bleaker for the Cleveland Cavaliers.   In the nine games without James, the Cavs lost eight. The team appeared to be in free-fall. I, along with most fans, was deeply concerned about the competitiveness of…

Venezuelan leaders aim for better relations with U.S.

Over the last year, relations between the United States and Venezuela have reportedly been rocky and filled with growing tensions. While these tensions continue to escalate, Venezuelan leaders are calling for improved relations. On New Year’s Day, Vice President Joe Biden met with President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela in Brazil, according to The New York…

JCU preserves undefeated home record with close victory

Thanks to a stellar defensive effort, the John Carroll University men’s basketball team remains undefeated at home during the 2014-2015 season. On Saturday, the Blue Streaks defeated the Capital University Crusaders, 65-63, in a defensive battle that came down to the wire.   JCU was led by sophomore David Linane, who played one of his…

Militant combat rattles the Middle East

  Egypt   At least 26 Egyptian soldiers and civilians were killed by extremist militants on Thursday, Jan. 29, according to the BBC. The militant group, Sinai Province, has pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State group.   The Sinai Province targeted police headquarters, a military base, an army checkpoint and a residential complex for…

JCU’s win streak comes to a halt with loss at ONU

  Holding teams to a low shooting percentage from the field has been the key to John Carroll University men’s basketball recent victories. This did not happen on Saturday, Jan. 31 in Ada, Ohio as Ohio Northern University walked away with a 92-81 win over the Blue Streaks behind a 50.8 shooting percentage.   While…

Candidates planning for 2016

Although there are still nearly two years until a new president takes office, many figures in electoral politics are already preparing for the election. The presidential election of 2016 is already heating up. However,  no major potential candidates have officially announced their bid for the White House.   All eyes remain on Hillary Rodham Clinton.…

Blue Streaks keep pace in OAC with big win

Ashley Bastock   It’s always a struggle for the Blue Streaks to make the four-hour trip to Wilmington College. However, John Carroll University men’s basketball proved that with a high shooting percentage, anything is possible. Shooting nearly 57 percent as a team, the Blue Streaks defeated the Fightin’ Quakers, 88-78, on Saturday, Jan. 24.  …

Breaking up with Roger Goodell

  What I’m about to say may surprise you, given my love for sports and the fact that it’s only three days until Super Bowl Sunday.   I’m sick of the NFL. The end of the 2014 season could not come soon enough for the league.   Don’t get me wrong, I’m still going to…

U.S. relaxes trade restrictions in Cuba

The United States government removed travel and trade restrictions involving Cuba on Friday, Jan. 16. These restrictions have been in place since the 1960s.   Ordinary tourism is still banned. However, the new rules enacted by President Obama will make it easier for Americans to visit the country, particularly for business purposes, according to The…

Humans of John Carroll: Mike Moran

When you walk into men’s basketball head coach Mike Moran’s corner office in the Tony DeCarlo Varsity Center, the first thing you will probably notice is that all four of his walls are entirely lined with plaques, awards and basketballs commemorating the success of the JCU men’s basketball program.   On Dec. 10, 2014, Moran…

Iran initiates missile launch against ISIS

  Iran is joining in America’s fight against the Islamic State in eastern Iraq through a series of missile strikes.   According to CBS, the U.S. military is aware of the airstrikes throughout Iraq’s Diyala province, and the airstrikes are in coordination with Iraqi troops on the ground.   Iran has experienced a more prominent…

Blue Streaks suffer first loss of season in battle with ONU

The nationally ranked John Carroll University women’s basketball team was off to another historic undefeated start, joining the WBCA/USA Today Top 25 after a win against Ithaca College. However, Ohio Northern University was looking to play the spoiler as the Blue Streaks headed into Ada on Saturday.   Spoil they did, as JCU could not…