Articles by Craig Willert

Letter to the Editor: Letter to the editor

I’m writing in response to Sam Lane’s commentary entitled “Profanely Moderate” and his blatant ignorance of history. Mr. Lane writes about the Republicans’ past record and one reason for subscribing to Republican ideology, “ … but also on what I feel to be a better track record.” What record are you exactly looking at? The…

Columns: It’s cliché and I don’t care

Life’s fickle. When all looks promising, it goes south. Bad things happen to good people and, at times, the corrupt prosper. The only constant in life – besides death – is that nothing is constant. Some of the most promising people fail while slackers rise to the top. It doesn’t make much sense, and any…

Life 101: The most valuable class you’ll never take

Growing up. It’s what we’re expected to do when we graduate from this place. But do any of us – barring that overachieving Boler School graduate student – really know how to tackle it?  We could tell you more than you care to know about Argentinean economic policies or the male XLR cord needed to…

‘The Bounty Hunter’ fails to excite

Just when I thought Jennifer Aniston couldn’t top her last blockbuster hit “Love Happens,” along came “The Bounty Hunter.” Paired with Scottish sensation Gerard Butler (“300”), Aniston delivers another weak performance in her umpteenth attempt at a romantic comedy. At times, I struggle to decipher whether a duo has what professionals call “on-screen chemistry.” This…

Will Call: Ann Coulter, reggae and gout

This column takes a similar approach to “Seinfeld.” There’s really no point to it other than to entertain. And over the past couple weeks I’ve encountered the most bizarre people, experienced the highs and lows of life and learned that Ann Coulter is absolutely, frickin’ nuts.  During Spring Break, I traveled to the Big Apple…

Angels and Airwaves: “LOVE”

Amidst rumors that Angels & Airwaves (AVA) was disbanding upon Blink-182’s reunion, Tom DeLonge, AVA’s guitarist and vocalist, posted in a blog on Modlife, “Angels and Airwaves is never going to go away.” Well, they’re back. AVA, which formed in 2005 after Blink-182 went on hiatus, released their third studio album, “LOVE” on Valentine’s Day…

Will Call: We are the Blue Streak nation

There are few things these days that bring people together. Divided for all sorts of reasons, a common interest among an entire nation is rare. It’s just the way things work. But one event in particular that defies those boundaries is the Olympics.  It is an anomaly so spectacular that it brings red and blue,…

Don’t let V-day become D-day

Against Editor in Chief Katie Sheridan’s better judgement, we’re back. With this Sunday being Valentine’s Day, we thought it was time to once again kick some knowledge into your heads. For those of you spending your first V-Day with your significant other, we’ve got some words of wisdom. Need to know what to say or…

Will Call: Becoming the next great John Carroll alumnus

On Wednesday, Jan. 27, it was reported that the great American author J.D. Salinger passed away at the age of 91 in his New Hampshire home. Salinger is best known for his controversial book “The Catcher in the Rye.”  In a three-page obituary jumped from the front page of The New York Times, it said…

‘Armored’ difficult to defend

When asked about the effect he was hoping to illicit from the audience, “Armored” star Columbus Short said, “I want them to remember Columbus Short.” An egotistical response? Maybe. But nevertheless, he made himself known in the latest action-thriller movie. Director Nimrod Antal’s ethically challenging and high-paced film included some high-profile actors such as Matt…

‘The Blind Side’ moves beyond the sports field to please

People only dream of stories like the one told in “The Blind Side.” They’re usually fictional stories. They’re passed down as myths for generations. Yet, only in the wildest dreams would such a story be true. The story of Baltimore Raven’s offensive linemen Michael Oher, played by Quiton Aaron, illustrates mankind’s ability to step out…

OurView: I’ve got a heck of a resume, and this is going on it

So many people ask me these days, “Craig, what do you want to do when you graduate?” First off, I can see right through your weak attempt to make friends with me just so when I become famous you can live off of my earnings. Secondly, all the things I’m good at aren’t actual jobs.…

‘The Box’ stars give The CN an inside look

“The Box,” which opened in theaters last Friday, stars Cameron Diaz (right) and James Marsden (left) and was directed by Richard Kelly (“Donnie Darko”). The three joined together to answer some questions about the making of the movie, preparing for the movie and some bloopers that occurred while shooting the film. Cameron Diaz Q: What…

Internet show promotes Cleveland

Cleveland may be struggling economically, but the city is receiving a revamped image for an upcoming Internet show. “Got City Game! Cleveland” is an Internet-only reality show in which three teams compete in multiple challenges around Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. Prizes include:  a years free lease at the Tremont Place Lofts, dinner and movie passes…

Guys, smooth or not, don’t say this

Commentary In light of our Homecoming experiences, we decided that the John Carroll male community should be educated on what not to say to members of the opposite sex. In college, we find ourselves in situations that can result in a successful social night, or a complete failure. More often than not, it ends in…

‘More Than A Game’ to LeBron & former team

Trust, loyalty and memories illustrate the ‘Fab Five’s’ journey

Carson sets the bar high for late night shows

From 1962 to 1992, Johnny Carson dominated the television ratings and was considered to be one of the best late night hosts of all time. Carson’s “The Tonight Show” set the stage for others like Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week dazzles

The spring and summer 2010 designs were displayed in New York City this past week
Sept. 10 marked the beginning of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (MBFW) in New York City for the 2010 spring and summer collections. As always, the event attracted A-list celebrities such as Madonna, Charlize Theron and Victoria “Posh” Beckham. With more than 63 shows and 100,000 attendees, travel was this year’s MBFW fashion statement.

‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’ rains down success

We all remember the kids book “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.” Its images of the giant Jello mold, the man holding an umbrella with his hand outstretched catching meatballs and the giant hamburgers falling from in the sky.  “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” a book written by Judi Barrett, is a story every…

OurView: I love America, dogs … and Michael Vick

We’ve all been paying attention to the recent coverage of NFL quarterback Michael Vick. After his release from jail, everyone has been watching to see how he proceeds to handle himself after serving 18 months in jail for bankrolling and participating in a dog fighting ring out of his home in Virginia.  So I’m going…

Even celebrities deserve some sort of privacy, right?

Michael Jackson. Billy Mays. Farrah Fawcett. DJ AM. Kate Gosselin. Nadyia Suleman. Some were gone while others just wouldn’t go away. However, surprisingly enough they all have some things in common.  If I could describe what happened in the celebrity world this summer with one word, it would be intrusive.  Understandably, celebrities don’t get much…

Will Call

While sitting next to my roommate, attempting to think of a personal philosophy, I began to take an introspective look at my life. Sure that’s probably not the most masculine thing I could say, but hey, it beats taking eight whipped cream pies to the face. In the near future, we will all be forced…

When did helping become a burden?

Remember when we were younger and our parents told us to treat others the way we would want to be treated, to respect your elders and help those in need? They wanted to mold us into well-rounded human beings who would contribute to society.

‘Read to Achieve’ scores big: Cavaliers players take the time to stress the importance of reading to kids

In hopes of reaching out to the kids, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Time Warner Cable have partnered for a program called “Read to Achieve” in hopes of inspiring children to read. On March 18, three Cavaliers players continued this outreach by reading to kids before a special screening of “Monsters vs. Aliens.”