Articles by Jackie Mitchell

Columns: Senior column

Inspiring minds, transforming lives. If you’ve had the privilege of walking John Carroll University’s beautiful campus, you’ve seen the Forever Carroll banners proclaiming this statement. As I finish up my final week of classes, I feel compelled to echo the truth of this slogan. It’s more than just a catchy marketing ploy – the past…

‘Silver Linings Playbook’ screening sparks mental health discussion

  As part of the annual Celebration of Scholarship event, John Carroll University’s psychology department hosted a screening of David O. Russell’s Academy Award-winning 2012 film, “Silver Linings Playbook” on Monday, April 7. JCU co-hosted the event with the Greater Cleveland chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Striking a balance between comedy…

CIFF vamps up the vampires

    Director Jim Jarmusch’s latest gothic masterpiece, “Only Lovers Left Alive,” screened on Sunday, March 23 at the Cleveland International Film Festival. The darkly witty, beautifully-shot vampire love story offers a smart and original take on the attempted paranormal romance genre.   Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston sizzle as Adam and Eve: ethereal, elitist…

Woodward and Bernstein say farewell

  We knew this day was going to come. The day when the great Woodward (Jackie) and Bernstein (Abby) of The Carroll News would be sitting next to each other working on the campus section for the last time.   We have learned a lot in the past year. How to work together, how to…

Students harassed by stranger in academic building and dorm

    On Monday, March 10 at 12:06 a.m., JCUPD alerted the John Carroll University community of an unidentified man roaming the campus and verbally harassing students. The text alert read, “Tonight an unknown male made improper comments to students in Ad Bldg. & Millor Hall. Described as blk male, 6’ tall, blk coat, tan…

Alumni Corner: The CN talks with 2012 ‘Meet the Press’ fellow Emily Gaffney

The CN: What were you involved in during your time at John Carroll?   Gaffney: Mostly newspaper. That was the main thing that I spent a lot of my time on.   The CN: And were you Editor in Chief?   Gaffney: Yeah, my senior year.   The CN: What was your major?   Gaffney:…

Alumni Corner: The CN talks with 2010 ‘Meet the Press’ fellow Joe Toohey

  The Carroll News: What were you involved in during your time at John Carroll University?   Joe Toohey: I was a communication major, political science minor and I worked for The Carroll News. I was the assistant world news editor. And I had internships. I interned at Channel 3 in Cleveland, I interned with…

The Carroll News chats with 2009 ‘Meet the Press’ fellow Andrew Rafferty

1. What were you involved in during your time at JCU?   During my time at JCU, I was very involved in The Carroll News. I was the Editor in Chief my senior year, and Managing Editor before that and the Campus Editor. Basically as soon as I got onto campus, I got involved in…

Columns: Break the label machine

“Can you talk?” Walking through the hallways between classes, sitting at my desk, playing outside during recess – it didn’t matter where I was; this simple yet mocking three-word question was jabbed at me daily when I was in elementary school. I guess my quietness had peaked to such an absurd, mind-boggling level that some…

Students assaulted on Cabbie D party bus

Last Friday, Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m., the John Carroll University community received a security alert from Brian Hurd, assistant director of the JCU Police Department, concerning an incident of assault and harassment that occurred on Dec. 21, 2013 on Cabbie D party bus, a common method of transportation for JCU students going out on…

Band profile: Beer for the Blind

On sophomore Mitch Dinopoulos’ first day of French class during his freshman year, his professor asked each student to share an interesting fact about themselves. Little did he know, this simple question would be the catalyst that spurred Beer For The Blind, a rock band with a self-described emo-jazz flair powered by lead singer sophomore…

Digging deeper into diversity: The year in review

In the past year, John Carroll University has zeroed in on making significant strides to increase and promote diversity on campus. These endeavors have been carried out by many facets of the University, from student-run organizations to the Center for Service and Social Action. The University is currently searching for the optimum candidate to fill…

JCU undergoes accreditation process for the first time in 10 years

In early February, students will have the opportunity to be a part of a once-in-a-decade occurrence as John Carroll University undergoes the reaccreditation process. Every 10 years, the Higher Learning Commission selects a team of visitors to come evaluate the University based on five criteria: mission; integrity: ethical and responsible conduct; teaching and learning: quality,…

On-campus accident increases pedestrian and driver alertness

On the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 9, a vehicle struck a student on campus while traveling towards the east wing of the Dolan Center for Science and Technology. The student driver had not quite reached the Bohannon Lot when the accident occurred. “We do not know exactly where that happened, what part of the roadway,…

JCU dragged into controversy

At 9 p.m. last Thursday night, two rallies for change, advocacy and contemplation were held at John Carroll University. Although these calls for action were merely a few feet apart, their messages were dissenting. The drag show: set inside the Dolan Center for Science and Technology, adorned with sequins, music and a crowd of people…

The interview corner: A day in the life of a drag queen

The Carroll News sat down with drag queens Erica Martinez, Sonshine La Ray, Ursula Steel and Maya Tack after their performance The Carroll News: Do you consider drag an activity or a lifestyle? Sonshine: I think it’s a lifestyle, and some girls are going to disagree. I think it’s a lifestyle because one, if you…

JCU professor makes waves with new novel

Cosmopolitan magazine billed it as the “sickest, most controversial book of summer.” The Daily Beast dubbed it the modern day version of Vladimir Nabokov’s “Lolita.” “Tampa,” a salacious work of fiction, plunges readers into the inner workings of the mind of a female sexual predator who calculatingly preys on her middle school-aged male students. The…

Professors are willing to go the distance

While members of the John Carroll University community frequently cross paths with students hailing from different parts of the country, or even the world, it is a bit unusual to encounter a professor who commutes to JCU from another state. In fact, several professors and faculty members commute over 50 miles to campus each day.…

JCU students encouraged to be “Good Samaritans”

John Carroll University students are likely familiar with the parable of the Good Samaritan, which teaches that one should always help someone in need, regardless of outside factors. Now, this famous lesson is being applied to the University’s code of conduct and community standards. The new Good Samaritan Policy, effective as of Aug. 16, 2013,…

OurView: This is my story

Place yourself in this familiar position: you’re sitting in class, listening to your professor’s lecture. You just ate lunch in the caf, where you scarfed down a bowl of your favorite tater tots and laughed and talked about your day with your friends. You’re feeling content and cheerful, except for this nagging nervousness in the…

JCU launches $100 million Forever Carroll campaign

On Wednesday, May 1, John Carroll University President, the Rev. Robert Niehoff, S.J., announced Forever Carroll, a $100 million campaign focused on funding scholarships for students and enriching the overall quality of the University. Niehoff delivered the announcement during the End-of-Year Celebration in the Muldoon Atrium of the Dolan Center for Science and Technology, where…

Incoming students offered dual acceptance

John Carroll University recently unveiled the Pre-MBA Scholars program, a new program that grants dual admission to JCU’s undergraduate and Fifth Year Master’s of Business Administration programs at the beginning of a student’s undergraduate career. The program was created through the joint efforts of the Boler School of Business and the Office of Admissions. “The…

News junkies gain a new way to read The NYT

John Carroll University students now have another option to consider when accessing their news. Student Union recently unveiled the The New York Times Readership Program, which provides students with complete access to the online version of The New York Times. The New York Times usually charges a weekly fee for full access to a digital…

John Carroll’s Relay for Life fights for more birthdays

Last Saturday, April 20, John Carroll University hosted its seventh annual Relay for Life. The 12-hour event focused on raising money for cancer research and increasing awareness about the disease and what can be done to defeat it. This year, Relay was held in the Varsity Gym due to inclement weather that forced the event…

General Carter Ham named commencement speaker

John Carroll University alumnus and four-star General Carter Ham will deliver the Class of 2013 commencement speech on Sunday, May 19. During the ceremony, he will receive an honorary doctorate degree from John Carroll University. As one of 12 four-star generals in the U.S. Army, Ham is the only JCU alumnus to hold this title.…