Articles by Dale Armbruster

JCU braves blizzard, but freezes against Capital

Late season road trips are usually difficult enough for basketball teams. Introduce a blizzard and a home team with momentum into the mix, and the circumstances change considerably. Freshman Danny Wallack scored 16 points, but it was not enough, as the John Carroll men’s basketball team fell to Capital University (15-6, 12-2 OAC), 82-61, in…

Blue & Gold hold off fierce Fighting Muskies on the road

The learning process has been far from easy for the young John Carroll men’s basketball team. On Saturday, Jan. 26, clutch plays from a group of underclassmen helped the team avoid what could have been their most embarrassing loss of the season. Sophomore Regan Sweeney scored 12 points and was perfect from the free throw…

Blue Streaks open OAC play with win over Heidelberg

In a showdown with a conference foe, it is often the younger team who crumbles first. Fortunately, the young John Carroll men’s basketball team passed their first Ohio Athletic Conference test. The Blue Streaks overcame a 12-2 Heidelberg run to defeat the Student Princes, 83-77, on Saturday in Tiffin. It was also the conference opener…

Ben Affleck doesn’t disappoint with ‘Argo’

Just when you thought Ben Affleck couldn’t top “The Town,” he went out and did just that. Affleck’s third feature as a director, “Argo,” is not only well-written, but also superbly casted. Affleck leads a cast featuring Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin and Kyle Chandler. The film is based on “The Master of Disguise,”…

Gypsy Orchestra brings its talent to Cleveland

For decades, the legendary Rajko music school in Budapest, Hungary has sought out young talent for its orchestra. This Friday, Sept. 9, the world-famous Rajko Orchestra will bring their show to the John Carroll campus. Budapest’s Rajko School and Orchestra were founded in 1952 in order to teach young and talented musicians in the style…

A Royal Affair: Carroll students react to the royal wedding

Thirty years ago, Charles, Prince of Wales, married Lady Diana Spencer in a ceremony at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. The ceremony captured the collective eyes and imaginations of billions of people worldwide. For an entire generation of people, it was the revitalization of the romantic and mythical nature of the monarchy. The feelings were…

Melt expands, looks to future

Success stories in Cleveland have been far and few between in the past few decades. Many young people who would normally help regenerate the region have taken their talents elsewhere. Too often, the allure of bright lights and big cities has left the North Coast in a constant rebuilding mode. The old saying goes that…

Nagy, Simpson shine as Carroll performs ‘Medea’

As the saying goes, “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” If there was ever a woman that could make Hades himself run scared back to the underworld, it’s Medea of Greek mythology. John Carroll University, under the direction of Karen Gygli, brought Medea and her thirst for vengeance to life on the stage…

Westerns enjoy cinematic rebirth

The saloon is alive. The noise of music and clinking glasses fill the air. Suddenly, the doors fly open and a stranger walks in, his gun in full view. In an instant, the bar goes quiet as all turn to look at the newcomer. Everyone has seen that type of movie before: the Western. Nostalgic…

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New store “Native Cleveland” inspires civic pride

Comedians love us. Others love to hate on us. As a new decade dawns on Cleveland, it would seem there isn’t much to be proud or hopeful of.  The steel mills sit empty, a reminder of jobs lost. Our stadiums and arenas stay quiet, as the remnants of past successes fade away.  Forbes magazine has…

Celebs promote life through death

Some loyal Twitter and Facebook followers may be wondering why their favorite actors and athletes haven’t been checking in lately.  They haven’t been tweeting or posting because, well, they’re dead. Digitally dead.  Celebrities banded together this month in a “Digital Life Sacrifice” in honor of World AIDS Day.  Personalities like Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian and…

From B-Movies to Blockbusters: The successful superhero genre of recent films

With the release of Megamind on Nov. 5, Paramount Pictures rehashes the classic film industry argument: Why are superhero movies so popular? Six of the top 12 box-office openings in history belong to the genre, and since 1990, superhero movies have grossed over seven trillion dollars. What explains this phenomenon? The answer, it seems, is…

JCU’s ‘Hamlet’ hard to hate

On his deathbed, actor John Barrymore reportedly said, “Die? I should say not, dear fellow.” No, Barrymore would not allow such a conventional thing to happen to him. Memorable? Yes. Conventional? Hardly. That was the life of John Barrymore in a nutshell. Even more so, the quote perfectly describes John Carroll’s production of “I Hate…

Stay awake without the crash: The Carroll News tests the effects of caffeine alternatives

It’s 3 a.m. Sitting in front of you is your English prompt and a blank Word document. Five hours from now, your grade is going to crash and burn if you don’t finish the essay. What do you do? Is it time to reach for the four cups of coffee? Do you have any other…

Cleveland nightlife features bar web cams

For some, going to a bar or club can be a stressful event. People wonder: do my clothes look good, who should I go with, and will the party be any good when we get there? A local company, ClevelandBarScene LLC, is looking to answer the latter question with their new website, clevelandbarscene.com. The company…

Find unique ways to stay fit with JCU fitness classes

Another school year has started at John Carroll, and once again some students are looking for ways to keep themselves fit.  Many people look for ways to forget about that big test or important meeting coming up later in the day or week. Also, people look for classes and programs that branch out from machine…

NHL 11: EA takes a step back, but still shines

For the better part of a decade, EA   Sports’ NHL franchise has dominated the hockey gaming landscape. Last year’s release had such a firm hold on the market that it forced the cancellation of rival 2K sport’s game for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles this year. That fact seems to be both a…