Articles by Brian Bayer

The Bayer Necessities: Not another Greek column…

It’s that time of year again at JCU – the week that everyone looks forward to with puppy dog-like enthusiasm and spends weeks preparing for. That’s right, I’m talking about National Osteopathic Medicine Week. Of course, everyone on campus is very excited to recognize the 78,000 osteopathic physicians in the United States and celebrate an…

The Bayer Necessities: #Sadtweet

Congratulations, Generation X – our social media savvy has successfully taken our verbal communication skills to the next level: we are able to express our complete thoughts and feelings in under 140 characters. I believe this is a new low, even for our generation. And unfortunately, it would seem that Twitter has recently been taking…

The Bayer Necessities: Women, Pt. 1

As John Carroll’s foremost self-proclaimed sociologist, I would like to take this opportunity to discuss a theme that affects our entire population: women. This is a very broad issue (pun intended), but I am only trying to provide perspective as a 20-year-old male. You see, to us men, women are a beautiful but perplexing part…

The Bayer Necessities: Conspiracy

Last week, The Washington Post announced that Indiana lawmaker Bob Morris believes the Girl Scouts of America promote homosexuality and abortion and act as a tactical wing of Planned Parenthood. I should have known that these cookie-pedaling monsters were conspiring with Planned Parenthood when they released their newest cookie this year: Fudge End-it-nows. I always…

Contraception & the Church: The discussion reaches JCU

On Feb. 14, the contraception debate arrived at JCU. The Rev. Robert Niehoff, S.J. received a signed statement from 47 faculty members, nearly a quarter of the entire faculty, requesting Niehoff work with presidents of other Catholic colleges and universities to urge the bishops to reduce the intensity of their rhetoric and endorse a policy…

Weird winter weather warrants wondering

With the Mayan forecasts of the apocalypse just months away, the recent Cleveland weather has some students wondering if the end really is coming. With highs in the 60s and lows in the 20s, the weather pattern has been anything but predictable this season. At JCU, this comparatively mild winter has made being outside in…

The Bayer Necessities: Looking down to look up

As I was sending out some emails recently, I noticed something that scared the bejesus out of me – almost all of the email addresses ended in ’14 or ’15. What was even scarier was that the email addresses with ’12 in them were graduating this year. When did I get so old? I certainly…

Marinello One Acts: Students set the stage

This Thursday, Feb. 23, the curtain goes up once again in the Marinello Little Theatre for the annual Marinello One Acts. This semester, junior Sara Abbott is making her directing debut with Rich Orloff’s “Playwriting 101: A rooftop lesson,” and senior Shannon Carroll is returning to the Little Theatre to direct her third one-act, Fraser…

The Bayer Necessities: If I die young

As I was listening to the radio the other day, I heard the song “If I Die Young” by The Band Perry. Throughout the song, Kimberly Perry makes a very keen observation – life is fragile. You really never know when it’s going to be your time to exit stage left. Last week, I had…

Clarifications on possible curriculum changes

Last week, The Carroll News printed a story titled “Core changes in the works.” Many parts of this article were not accurate, and on behalf of The CN editorial board, I apologize for the inaccuracy and incompletion of the article. The following addendums and revisions to last week’s article are based on a meeting with…

Councilman, alumnus Joe Cimperman returns to JCU

In 1991, before many current JCU students were even born, Joe Cimperman was already a major voice in local politics. He stood in a black suit before the JCU student body, having just been elected Student Union president. Twenty years later, Cimperman once again stood before the student body, this time as a long-time member…

The Bayer Necessities: It’s like S-O-L-O

Ah, love is in the air at Carroll. The shelves at CVS are stocked with red hearts, teddy bears and boxes of chocolates. And star-struck lovers from everywhere gaze passionately into each other’s eyes. So this week I’d like to take this opportunity to toast the single people of the world. Just like Beyoncé, I…

The Bayer Necessities: Reader discretion advised

What every “Cosmo” girl should know: “Bad girl sex,” “50 ways to seduce a man,” “Sex goddess secrets,” “What he thinks during sex,” “Dirty sexy sex,” “The seven best orgasm tricks in the world” and “The sex quiz.” Perhaps you’ve read some of these articles. They are all front-page stories in the prestigiously provocative Cosmopolitan…

Residence life v. Hearing board

After a rough week of studying, you decide that Thursday night you and your three closest friends in Murphy Hall are going to start the weekend off early with a bottle of Jack Daniel’s. Naturally, as the alcohol goes down, the noise level goes up until that heart-stopping knock on the door. Busted. Beginning this…

The Bayer Necessities: Beard thoughts

As the cold winter winds blow across the lake and chap our frostbitten faces, I am comforted by one thing – my beard. At first I wasn’t really a big fan, but I must admit, it’s growing on me. (Get it?) Anyway, I have received a lot of feedback on this new addition to my…

Student Union inaugurates new executive board, lays out new vision for the 2012 academic year

In a fully packed Jardine Room on Thursday, Jan. 19, students, faculty, administrators and family members all gathered to celebrate the inauguration of a new Student Union Executive Board. For the 2012 year, the board will consist of Greg Petsche as the Student Union president and Steven Palmieri as the executive vice president. After being…

JCU Dining rolls out new menu choices, services

Along with a new schedule of classes, students now have fresh additions to the menu in Schott Dining Hall and the Inn Between. Before last semester ended, General Manager for JCU Dining Tyson Dubay listed goals he had. Over break, Dubay said that they were able to complete everything they set out to do and…

Columns: A gingerbread dream

Last night, as I was nestled all snug in my bed, visions of sugarplums danced in my head.   My dreams just went wild as I continued to snooze, so I wrote them all down in this tabloid of news.   Less than three weeks ‘til Christmas, I realized with joy. This thought made me…

The Bayer Necessities: Tension is high in the Heights

Last weekend, the Rev. Robert Niehoff, S.J., presided over the 10 p.m. mass in St. Francis Chapel. The mass seemed normal enough … until the homily. Niehoff took this opportunity to openly chastise the JCU students who have embarrassed the University in the past several weeks. Although I’m not sure a homily was the best…

Columns: Looking for a reason to smile

In the world today, you don’t have to look too far if you want to become depressed about something. Like @FatChris216 says, a lot of the time we’re just “staring out this window and looking for a reason to smile.” We all deal with struggles in our daily lives, and sometimes these can seem overwhelming.…

The ballots are in

Only nine candidates run for executive board and less than one-third of the student body casts vote

Resident assistants’ methods find tough critics

At a recent Student Union meeting, Senator Joe Cahill raised a concern that this year resident assistants have been buckling down on procedure and writing up more people than they have in previous years. Other students around campus have echoed this feeling, and at least five of them had asked Cahill to bring it up…

Columns: Southpaws unite!

It’s no secret discrimination has been a prevalent issue at John Carroll. Until 1968, JCU was an all men’s school, and the idea of allowing women into the community was just unheard of. We have had recent problems, too. Two years ago, the LGBTQ community highlighted some major problems with our employment clauses. And recently,…

Lights Camera Action!

This summer, JCU students stole the limelight in their hometowns, starring as extras, stand-ins and in one case, a cast role. While each experience was different, they found one similarity: it was the opportunity of a lifetime. Luke Sebbens, stand-in for Taylor Lautner in “Abduction” Senior Luke Sebbens was the stand-in for Taylor Lautner in…

The Bayer Necessities: Sweetest Day

Ready to satisfy your sweet tooth? For me, the answer to that question is always a resounding “yes.” Vending machines are my friends, and confection is perfection. So this week, in honor of Sweetest Day on Saturday, I am dedicating my column to the Willy Wonkas of the world. And how better to do this…