Articles by Ashley Bastock

Obama announces executive action on immigration

  During the G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia on Sunday, Nov. 16, President Obama announced plans to sign an executive order on immigration allowing approximately five million undocumented immigrants to avoid deportation.   The implications of this executive action could have numerous political implications leading up to the 2016 presidential election and beyond.   According…

JCU heroics kick season off on winning note thanks to clutch play

  At the Nan Nichols Classic at the College of Wooster, the John Carroll University women’s basketball team came out in fantastic fashion. The Blue Streaks beat Kalamazoo College on Saturday, Nov. 15, 58-57, and defeated Adrian College 74-71 on Sunday, Nov. 16.   Just when JCU’s opponents thought they only had one more year…

Blue Streak pride

  In writing this column a few hours after the John Carroll vs. Mount Union football game, I’m still full of anger, frustration, disbelief—the list goes on.    And keep in mind, I am just one of the radio broadcasters for WJCU, so I can only imagine how the team feels after this loss.  …

43 Mexican students allegedly killed due to conspiracy

    The bodies of 43 Mexican students who went missing in September have been found, according to a statement from Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam during a press conference on Friday, Nov 7. According to the Washington Post, the students were shot, burned in a dump and thrown into a muddy river.   The…

Washington Post legend Ben Bradlee dies

  Ben Bradlee, the executive editor of The Washington Post during its groundbreaking Watergate reporting that led to the resignation of Richard Nixon, died on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at his home in Washington, D.C., according to The Washington Post.  Bradlee was 93.   Bradlee has been described as the “last lion-king of newspaper editors,” by…

Blue Streaks earn 20th victory of season in 5-set thriller

  History has been made once more at John Carroll University.  The volleyball team notched its 20th win of the season against the Capital Crusaders on Saturday, winning in five hard-fought sets, 21-25, 28-26, 18-25, 25-20, 15-12.   While many of JCU’s recent matches have come down to the wire, JCU has gotten into the…

A game to remember

On Sunday, Nov. 2, Lauren Hill will play in her first and final collegiate basketball game.   As a standout high school basketball star, on her 18th birthday, Lauren said she wanted to “do something memorable.” So, she called the Mount St. Joseph University coaching staff, and officially committed.   While she was happy with…

United states Ebola victim dies, health care worker infected

    The Ebola outbreak hit a new milestone on Sunday, Oct. 12 after Nina Pham, a Texas health care worker who cared for a Liberian Ebola patient, was diagnosed with the virus in what is being called a “breach of protocol,” according to NBC and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pham developed a…

Blue Streaks fall to top two teams at Wittenberg Tri-Match

    Three top teams faced off in Springfield, Ohio this weekend. Unfortunately, the John Carroll University volleyball team would fall to two of the top teams in the country.   The Blue Streaks battled, but ultimately fell in five matches to Washington and Lee University.  JCU would ultimately be swept by No. 5 Wittenberg…

Army general and JCU alumnus visits campus

Gen. Carter Ham, the former four-star general of the army in charge of Africa Command and John Carroll University alumnus, class of 1976, hosted a dinner and discussion with a group of selected students and faculty at JCU on Wednesday, Oct. 8. Ham requested to meet with some of the top political science students and…

Secret Service director steps down following breach

  Julia Pierson, the first female to head the Secret Service, resigned on Wednesday, Oct. 1 after a political firestorm resulting from revelations in breached White House security many believed were putting the First Family in danger.   According to CBS, United States Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said in a statement, “Julia Pierson,…

Blue Streaks lose 5-set thriller, ending 5-game win streak

  The John Carroll University volleyball team has not defeated Ohio Northern University since 2001.  Despite a grueling, two-hour, five-set match, this is a record that remains unbroken, as JCU fell 25-15, 23-25, 25-27, 25-17, 11-15 on Saturday, Oct. 4.   In their second Ohio Athletic Conference match of the year, the Blue Streaks (14-3,…

Pope dismisses bishop in Paraguay

Pope Francis removed a bishop in Paraguay on Thursday, Sept. 25 amid accusations the bishop sheltered a priest accused of molesting seminarians in multiple countries.   According to The New York Times, the Vatican released a statement saying Pope Francis dismissed Rogelio Ricardo Livieres Plano of the Diocese of Ciudad del Este “to preserve the…

Blue Streaks continue to roll as OAC play begins

  For the first time since 2010, the John Carroll University volleyball team won its Ohio Athletic Conference opener. On Saturday, Sept. 27, JCU swept the Fightin’ Quakers of Wilmington College, 25-6, 25-11, 25-14.   The Blue Streaks came out of the gate swinging at the DeCarlo Varsity Center in University, Heights. In the first…

Invitational victory propels team to 13-2 start

  The John Carroll University volleyball team continued its winning streak with a pair of sweeps this past weekend at the Carnegie Mellon Invitational.   JCU has been unstoppable for the last three sets of weekend tournaments, racking in 10 straight wins and upping their record to 13-2.   The highlight of the weekend came…

Blue Streaks go for clean sweep over weekend

  The John Carroll University volleyball team began the season in fantastic fashion.   The team now stands at 6-1 on the season after securing four wins in the Marcia French Memorial Invitational. This is the strongest start to the season that JCU volleyball has had since the 2011 season.   One thing that makes…

Dramatic sweep sends softball to OAC tournament

  John Carroll University’s softball team needed a spark as Marietta College came to University Heights on Saturday, April 26 in what was  the final series of the season for both teams.   That spark came from senior Samantha Becker, who helped lead the Blue Streaks to a sweep of Marietta to clinch a trip…

Blue Streaks hang 20 runs on Polar Bears in sweep

  Anyone who has followed John Carroll University softball this season knows that the Blue Streaks often have had issues in their double headers, generally splitting with their opponents.   That was not the case on Saturday, April 6, as everything clicked for the Blue Streaks in a sweep of Ohio Northern University. Despite the…

Offensive outburst salvages trip to Alliance

  John Carroll University softball once again found themselves in the mix of a competitive doubleheader on Tuesday, April 1, when they traveled to Alliance, Ohio to face the University of Mount Union.   After dropping the first game to the Purple Raiders, 6-3, the Blue Streaks came back with an offensive vengeance, putting up…

Blue Streaks split trio of weekend twinbills, sit at 7-7 overall

    The John Carroll University softball squad had a long weekend with a lot of short turnarounds, as the team faced Ohio Wesleyan University, Muskingum University and Thomas More College in a trio of doubleheaders.   “I think we overall played very well this weekend,” senior Sam Becker said. “We just seemed to have one…

Baseball, softball on the hunt for OAC titles

  Expectations run high for the John Carroll University baseball and softball teams in the 2014 campaign.   JCU baseball is expected to be one of the program’s best teams in a long time. Last year, the Blue Streaks finished with 25 wins, losing to Marietta College in the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament.  The team…

JCU volleyball captures 3-1 home victory over Capital

After losing on their home court during Homecoming weekend, the John Carroll University volleyball team was out for revenge during its second home match of the year, a matchup with the Capital University Crusaders. Revenge is exactly what they got, as they came away with a win on Saturday at home, defeating the Crusaders in…

Volleyball falls in three sets at home to No. 13 Otterbein

Heading into Homecoming weekend, the John Carroll University volleyball team looked for its first conference win of the season and its first Ohio Athletic Conference opener win since 2010. Unfortunately, the Blue Streaks could not accomplish the feat, falling to No. 13 Otterbein University in three sets, 25-16, 25-22, 25-23 at the Tony DeCarlo Varsity…

Blue Streaks dominate in Carnegie Mellon Invitational, bring home four victories

Coming home on a winning streak after a long road trip always feels good. The John Carroll University volleyball team felt elated after rolling through the Carnegie Mellon Invitational this past weekend and sweeping all four matches. The team began the weekend with a matchup with Case Western Reserve University on Friday, Sept. 20. The…