Articles by Ben Gebhardt

Consider the job candidate

Two weeks ago, I wrote about my time stranded in Gotera, El Salvador, emphasizing the importance of persistence. And as I continue to near the end of my time as a college student and approach that formidable world of “real adults,” I am noticing just how important it is to be persistent, whether you are…

The Gebhardt Collection: Skittles for Trump

    So, like many social science majors throughout the United States, I have been spending a lot of time recently studying for the September administration of the LSAT. Accordingly, hours and hours of logical reasoning games have made my brain hypersensitive to a bad argument—which is why, I think, that I have been so…

The Gebhardt Collection: Podcasts make perfect

Like many students at John Carroll (and in just about every university nationwide), I love learning foreign languages.   I mean I love it fiercely. I can’t get enough. I have minors in Spanish and French, and this year, I started taking classes in Arabic. If I could, I would study every language that the…

The Gebhardt Collection: To condemn a comic

  Most are familiar with the rudimentary characteristics of any legitimate, liberal democracy—freedom of the press, freedom of speech, freedom of religion (or the freedom from religion, if you’re French), etc. Those qualities are what make a liberal regime and are basic human rights that governments in North America and Europe believe ought to be…

The Gebhardt Collection: A worthy wall

  I do not typically jump on the bandwagon of any collegiate social statements or protests, much less at a smaller, generally harmonious campuses like John Carroll’s. While some movements are commendable (such as those that have helped been social levelers in racial matters), some, like Oxford’s “Rhodes Must Fall” campaign, I find hackneyed— just…

The Gebhardt Collection: Why so quiet?

  A decades old, bloody conflict flared up this week for the first time in several years. It is one so contentious that it has displaced over one million people since the 1990s, killed thousands more and involves key Central Asian and Middle Eastern powers that influence American foreign policy—and probably 90 percent of us…

The Gebhardt Collection: I’ve got spirit

  Everybody has their own method of finding cheap airline flights (if such a thing even exists).   Mine is going onto Kayak.com, entering my departure city and destination, the dates of my travel and hoping that I can get lucky and stumble upon some hidden bargain—it’s a hit or miss strategy, and one that…

The Gebhardt Collection: A call for broader political conversation

    As I was in the newsroom this week, I looked over what the Campus section had written, as usual, and I saw the article that talked about the on-campus lecture called “Sovereign Masculinity: The War on Terror, Mass Shootings, and the Trump Campaign.”   Now, if you read my column on a somewhat…

The Gebhardt Collection: Passport Problems

    In the United States, we hear all the time about the millions and millions who risk everything to try and become Americans. Immigration and border control have been hot-button political issues for years.   The topic of migrant control has introduced talks of walls, mass deportations  and recently, outright banishments of certain groups.…

The Gebhardt Collection: Go to stuff

One of the best lessons that my dad ever taught me (and believe me, there have been a lot of them) is that one of the most valuable habits that you can ever adopt is, simply, “going to stuff.”   I don’t mean it in its most literal sense, like showing up to class or…

The Gebhardt Collection: Think FAST

  Okay, as far as news in politics goes, the passing of the new highway-funding bill definitely isn’t the sexiest topic—particularly when you think of all else that is going on, like the presidential race, the shooting in California, and the new Greek budget and the Lake Chad suicide bombings.   Nonetheless, the highway-funding bill…

The Gebhardt Collection: Sin City sets the standard

  Right now, in American politics, there is a fair amount of xenophobic rhetoric being tossed around by a couple of major political figures. There is talk of mass deportations and of walls and of stricter immigration policies—all of which is enough to make one believe that the United States is in some sort of…

The Gebhardt Collection: A historic shift in Myanmar

Dominating the international news headlines this week are the parliamentary elections in Myanmar (also called Burma). Though the vote counting procedure is just finishing up, the opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), is claiming that they have secured a majority in the national parliament, signaling a historic shift in Burmese politics.   Now,…

The Gebhardt Collection: Worth the written talent

  Small, liberal arts colleges take pride in the well roundedness of their academic curriculum. Regardless of their fields of study, all students are required to take a myriad of humanities courses, from the social sciences to theology, that train them to read critically and write cohesively.   John Carroll is no exception. We go…

The Gebhardt Collection: Trauma in Turkey

If you follow international news, you have no doubt seen a great deal of coverage surrounding the suicide bombings in Ankara, Turkey that happened last Saturday.   For those that haven’t read or heard anything about the terrorist attack, 95 Turks were killed (and nearly another 250 were injured, according to USA Today) during a…

The Gebhardt Collection: The joys of John Carroll

  Last weekend, I went to the University of Pittsburgh and visited some of my friends from my freshman year. See, I transferred to John Carroll at the beginning of my sophomore year (I am currently a junior), and hadn’t really been back a whole lot to visit all of my friends that I left…

The Gebhardt Collection: A wrongfully forgotten holiday

Tomorrow, Oct. 2, as everybody knows, is John Carroll’s homecoming. No doubt the student body will be abuzz with excitement and JCU pride as there is a dance, a football game and parents coming to visit. It is an important day to the community here in University Heights. But little do people know that Oct.…

The Gebhardt Collection: An account on political rhetoric

  The political correctness, or PC, takeover of modern culture is an increasingly talked about subject just about everywhere.   The conversation is largely focused on the phenomena’s effect on college campuses. In the most recent edition of The Atlantic, two of the magazine’s main stories are about the overbearing PC presence in every facet…

The Gebhardt Collection: Sci-Fi with a message

To me, good art is that which can provoke thought with simplicity and sparseness. I am also very impressed when I can stumble upon a piece of art or a book that can, without explicitly doing so, pack a great deal of sociopolitical commentary. And by complete chance, I was recently introduced to a very…

The Gebhardt Collection: The bookstore’s last stand

  On Sunday, Apr. 29, as I was doing my habitual reading of the BBC World News Service webpage, I came across an article/video story titled “Australian pair keep book-making alive”—and it really got me thinking.   The story itself was nothing more than an amusing piece about two elderly Australian women who have taken…

The Gebhardt Collection: A real Corker

There has been much ado about the efforts of President Obama to reach a so-called “nuclear deal” with Iran. Throughout the meetings, phone calls and negotiations that have, thus far, proven to be little more than mere empty talk between the two states, strong feelings on either side of the political spectrum have caused an…

The Gebhardt Collection: A call for informational reform

  This weekend, I had the pleasure of going to Washington, D.C. with John Carroll’s Model Arab League to compete in the 2015 National Competition against a myriad of the best universities that the United States has to offer.   For those of you who aren’t familiar with the interworkings of the Model Arab League…

United States-Israel relations worsen

  The rift between President Barack Obama and newly reelected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has grown considerably in the past couple of weeks following a controversial interview.   The recent uproar began when Netanyahu, who, on the last day of his campaign for reelection, urged all far-right Israelis to mobilize and vote so the…

Ferguson rallies lead to the shooting of two police officers

  Conflict has once again erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, as two police officers were shot during a protest rally on Thursday, March 12.   According to The New York Times, the shooting happened just after midnight on Thursday morning.   Authorities have since charged 20-year-old Jeffrey Williams with first-degree assault.   Williams shot and wounded…

New HIV vaccine undergoes trial testing

    American researchers may have made a breakthrough discovery in HIV prevention and treatment.   Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute in California have developed a vaccine. It releases a protein that actively targets HIV. The vaccine prevents it from spreading, rather than training the immune system to fight the infection, according to the…