Articles by Clara Richter

Off the Richter: Feminist-ish (apologies to my mother)

Has everyone heard of the new Bic “Pen for Her?” Are we all aware of this? It’s a pen. And it’s pink. And that’s pretty much it. Oh, and it’s a little thicker than a normal pen; all I have to say is, what a breakthrough for womankind! Someone has finally made a pen just…

Off the Richter: Inspiration for the uninspired

I’m not really a big fan of what you would call “inspirational” movies. I guess you could say that I don’t like anything really inspirational. They just seem so trite and cliché. However, as with most rules, there is an exception. The movie is called “Breaking Away,” and this 1979 Oscar winner for best writing,…

Off the Richter: WWCD, or ‘Do as I say, not as I do’

Remember the WWJD craze that tried to make us all better people? Maybe it did. Did anyone ever do a scientific study on that? I would like to see the results of that research. Well, in light of the days of WWJD, I am starting a new craze. The WWCD craze. That’s right. “What would…

In memoriam: English professor Chris Roark

English department professor Chris Roark died in early June of a heart attack, and his presence at the University has been greatly missed, even within these first few weeks of classes. Roark was respected and loved by his students and his co-workers. Roark came to John Carroll in 1990 and taught here for 22 years.…

Off the Richter: Not getting killed in the woods 101 (based on the incredible true story!)

I guess you could say it began with John Steinbeck. He wrote a book called “Travels with Charley,” in which he describes his circumnavigation of the United States, which he did with only his poodle, Charley, for company. The book is essentially about one big camping trip. Steinbeck’s camping trip inspired our own. We (“we”…

Off the Richter: Avada kedavra and the like

I’m a nerd. That being said, let me launch into a great display of my self-proclaimed nerdiness. Being a reader of many books, I have read about some of the most fantastic wizards of all time. The list boils down to a main six. So, my big question is: Who would be the ultimate victor…

Off the Richter: More than just birds and trees

Have you ever stood on top of a mountain and seen the whole range twisting out southward from underneath your feet, like the spine of some ancient creature emerging from the earth? It’s an absolutely awesome feeling. Yes, you can look at paintings, and photographs and read all kinds of literature on the subject, but…

Off the Richter: Excuse my snarkasm

Ernest Hemingway once said, “There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” Well, that may have been Hemingway’s method, but it is not going to be mine. Quite frankly, it seems a little too messy. I do not think that my computer’s internal workings would benefit from being…

OurView: An awkward embrace

Everyone knows what it’s like to feel awkward. Let’s face it, most of us can’t go a day without having at least one awkward encounter. It happens to me all the time. Often it’s just the usual. You wave at someone and then they don’t wave back so you just have to stand there grinning…

Rec Plex kicks cancer

John Carroll groups participate in young boy’s kickball fundraiser