Articles by Katelyn DeBaun

The Carroll News Presents its 2016 “People of the Year” award to Adjunct teaching faculty

John Carroll University prides itself on its reputation as a Jesuit institution emphasizing the importance of leadership and academic excellence while teaching students the value of being men and women for others. As part of recognizing this mission, The Carroll News would like to highlight the efforts of adjunct teaching faculty who make sacrifices every…

So long, and thanks for all the fish

  I’d be lying if I said I haven’t been contemplating what I would write in this final column since I was put on staff as a freshman. Four years of consideration has gone into these words, yet there’s still so much beyond this column that I want to say.   Over time, I’ve noticed…

Columns: Katelyn signing off

  Here we are, readers. The final Katelyn’s Candor column. The end of the road.   Well, kind of. I’ll be continuing my political rantings on a Medium page, so look that up. In addition, all of the graduating seniors have farewell columns in the final issue of the year, so you’ve got that to…

Senate puts Supreme Court nominee on hold

  Although it has been nearly a month since President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the Senate has yet to move forward with his confirmation.   Of the 54 Republicans in the Senate, only two say they support confirmation hearings– Susan Collins of Maine and Mark…

The CN elects McGowan as new editor in chief

    Mary Frances McGowan, current managing editor of The Carroll News, was elected the new editor-in-chief on Thursday, March 31. She will begin her term as editor-in-chief on Thursday, April 14.   McGowan, a junior, began writing and copy editing for The Carroll News as a freshman in 2013. She was made the assistant…

Q&A with Madeline Smanik, the next “Meet the Press” fellow

Madeline Smanik, a senior at John Carroll University double majoring in Communication and Political Science, has been named the next “Meet the Press” fellow. The Carroll News sat down with her to discuss this opportunity.   Can you talk about the journey that led you to this point?   Since I chose [Communication and Political Science]…

Cruz, Sanders win Wisconsin primary elections

    The state of Wisconsin held its presidential primary for both major political parties on Tuesday, April 5. The winner of the Republican primary was Ted Cruz and for the Democrats, the winner was Bernie Sanders.   The Washington Post reported that Cruz’s win, called by The Associated Press just after 9 p.m. Eastern…

Media Mayhem

Another day, another column decrying, another political trend of which I’ve grown tired.   This time, it’s the public insisting that Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders does not receive a fair amount of media coverage as compared to the other candidates. Sanders himself has criticized the media for failing to adequately cover his campaign.  …

Kasich wins Ohio, Rubio out after loss in Florida

The five Democratic and Republican primaries on March 15 brought with them a series of ups and downs, as well as some predictable wins.   One of the biggest shake-ups of the night was Ohio Governor John Kasich’s win in his home state, the first win in the Republican candidate’s entire race. In this victory,…

Planned priorities

  Several weeks ago, Ohio Governor and Republican presidential hopeful John Kasich signed a bill stripping Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities in the state of $1.3 million. He signed this despite a majority of Ohioans opposing this action, according to a poll by the Hart Research Associates.   I own up to being staunchly…

Importance of being informed

    I’ve always been a bit addicted to the news. I’ve been watching Meet the Press for as long as I can remember, and early Sunday mornings as a small child were always spent sitting on my dad’s lap reading the newspaper with him and stealing sips of his bitter black coffee.   I…

SCOTUS Stalemate

  Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead on Feb. 13, reportedly from natural causes, which has sent us into a bit of frenzied political turmoil.   Now, before I launch into what I have to say, I want to venture off a bit. While, as a Democrat, I tended to disagree with Scalia’s…

Can I please be 22?

    Twenty-two is the hardest age I’ve experienced so far in my “adult life.”   I’m a strong believer that 13 years of age is by far the cruddiest age that exists in adolescence. The combination of middle school drama, puberty and coming into oneself is absolutely chaotic. Seventeen is pretty awful too. You’re…

In praise of Barbie

Mattel, the company responsible for the production of the Barbie toy line, recently released new designs for the dolls. In what is largely being considered the biggest change to the dolls in 57 years, Barbie will now come in seven different skin colors and, in what’s really making headlines, three different body types—tall, petite and…

Citizens demand answers as Flint water Crisis worsens

Michigan governor Rick Snyder is facing harsh criticism and accusations of ignoring the present water crisis in the city of Flint, Michigan, located nearly 70 miles northwest of Detroit. The 100,000 citizens of Flint have been unable to drink the city’s water due to extremely high levels of lead.   Although this issue has just…

Making time

  German supermarket Edeka released a Christmas commercial last week, and it went viral after being posted online. If you have not seen it as of yet, I recommend you go watch it, but I’ll give you the short version.   The ad opens with an elderly man listening to a voicemail from his adult…

HLC program reviews: one semester later

    Students may notice their professors are not as available as they were in previous years, they are frequently in meetings with other faculty members and grading is taking longer than usual. Part of this may be caused by program reviews mandated by the Higher Learning Commission.   After being placed “on notice” by the…

Terror in Paris: The City of Lights experiences its deadliest massacre since World War II

    The Islamic State terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the deadly attacks that shook Paris on Friday, Nov. 13. CNN reported that three teams of armed assailants carried out attacks on various locations in the French capital, killing at least 129 and injuring more than 350 others. At least 99 people are reported…

To write love on our campus

  Last week, the John Carroll University chapter of To Write Love on Her Arms produced a startling display, where 1,100 white flags were placed on the Main quad to represent the 1,100 college students who commit suicide on average every year.   We tend to contemplate a number such as 1,100 and think it…

Does this offend you?

‘Tis the season to be jolly.   Or not.   Time Magazine reported this week that some Christians are speaking out against Starbucks’ holiday cup this year. The token red cup, which usually includes some sort of holiday symbol such as snowflakes, reindeer, ornaments and so on, is now void of these designs and instead…

Validation for Clinton

  I’m sure most of you don’t consider watching an unnecessary and lengthy congressional hearing your idea of a good time. Sadly, I do, as I tuned in to watch parts of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s testimony on Oct. 22, which pertained to the 2012 Benghazi attacks.   For those unfamiliar with what happened…

Religious Misconceptions

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”   For those of you who are unaware, that is the clause in the First Amendment that clearly gives American citizens the right to choose their religion and practice it freely. It is one of the five elements of…

Enough’s enough

  After I woke up on Sunday morning, I made the colossal mistake of checking Facebook before leaving my bed or drinking even a drop of coffee.   As I scrolled through my newsfeed, my eyes wandered onto a post that read: “Killers don’t need guns to kill people. Timothy McVeigh used fertilizer. 9-11 terrorists…

Learning to let go

It’s funny, just how much things change in the course of a few years.   When I was in middle school, my older sister told me that most friends we make in this life are temporary in some sense.   Whether they last a few days, a few months or a few years, most people…

But first, let me take a selfie

Those of us who are part of Generation Y are often berated for our dependence on the Internet for basically everything we do.   It is said we don’t know how to open a book or dial a phone number. Apparently, we are so addicted to Facebook and Twitter, we aren’t able to function without…