Articles by Katelyn DeBaun

Show some compassion

Every now and then, I joke around about worrying about the state of society, usually in response to some idiotic clickbait article circulating on social media or a ridiculous story from a classmate.   However, I am genuinely concerned about things right now, but not for the usual reasons you may have grown accustomed to…

American hostage killed in U.S. drone strike against al-Qaida base

United States officials announced on Thursday, April 23 that two hostages were killed in an airstrike against al-Qaida in January.   CIA Director John Brennan told President Barack Obama early last week that American Warren Weinstein and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto were both killed in Pakistan as a result of the drone strike on January…

Communication isn’t lost

  If I had a dollar for every time one of my professors, family members or family friends said this generation is full of completely inept communicators, I wouldn’t be extraordinarily wealthy, but I could buy several packs of peanut butter M&Ms each week.   Seriously, at least two or three times a week, I…

Cloning Conundrum

  On Saturday night, I hunkered down in a recliner in my living room with a bowl of Cheetos in order to watch the third season premiere of “Orphan Black.” For those of you who have not seen it, the show originally started with the character of Sarah Manning witnessing the suicide of a woman…

Wake me when it’s 2017

  I’ve grown up fostering a tremendous love of American party politics. My parents, being the avid Meet the Press viewers that they were during the Russert era, more or less ensured this.   During the Obama-McCain race, I was the only person in my eighth grade class with any understanding of what was going…

World leaders reach agreement on Iranian nuclear powers

  After over a week of discussion, seven world leaders reached an agreement concerning limiting Iranian nuclear powers on Thursday, April, 2.   Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif spent eight days in Lausanne, Switzerland with members of the United Nations Security Council—also known as the P5+1—including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry,…

Looking ahead to 2016: candidate updates

Ted Cruz   First-term Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)officially announced his plans to run for the presidency in 2016. At midnight on Monday, March 2, he tweeted, “I’m running for President and I hope to earn your support!”   Cruz officially announced on Monday, March 23 at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia that he is seeking…

Oklahoma fraternity closed following racist allegation

  The University of Oklahoma disbanded the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity chapter last week following a viral video showing its members partaking in a racist chat.   NBC reported over 100 students at the university were suspended after the school’s administration viewed the video, featuring members using slurs against African-Americans- one of which referenced lynching.…

Walmart raises hourly page above minimum wage

  Walmart, a multi-million dollar corporation employing 1.3 million United States citizens, announced on Thursday, Feb. 19 the company plans to raise wages to $9 per hour for its 500,000 lowest-level workers.   CEO Doug McMillon wrote a letter to Walmart associates posted on the company’s website announcing the wage increase, which is $1.75 more…

Protecting diversity

  Three Muslim students were killed on Tuesday, Feb. 10 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina when a resident of their apartment building gunned them down, reportedly angry about a parking dispute.   The aggressor, 46-year-old Craig Stephen Hicks, has stated he was angry because the three students were parking on his side of the building,…

Everyday Beauty

As much as I enjoy my job at The Carroll News, being the World News Editor does come with its drawbacks. The most prevalent of these is that it can be highly depressing at times.   On a weekly basis, it is my responsibility to determine which articles will be printed in this section. That…

Stop the Stigma

Last week, it was reported that texts dating back to 1300 BCE showed evidence of post-traumatic stress disorder.   Researchers at Anglia Ruskin University made this discovery while translating ancient Mesopotamian texts, according to the BBC. Previously, the first historical mentions of PTSD were accredited to the Greek historian Herodotus, who lived in the 400s…

How do we measure up? The Carroll News compares new core curriculum to other Jesuit universities

Starting in the fall of 2015, the current core curriculum will be replaced with an updated set of requirements.   Although John Carroll University’s new core curriculum will be implemented next fall, it will only apply to that year’s incoming freshman class. Current students at the University will continue to take classes with the current…

Warning: Dystopia approaches

My favorite genre in literature and film used to be dystopian fiction.   I have read George Orwell’s “1984” countless times and every time was mystified by the concept that our government was slowly turning into the ominous Big Brother.   I have always been fascinated with the allegory presented in Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New…

Pennsylvania gunman charged with terrorism

Matthew Eric Frein, a self-claimed survivalist who shot and killed one Pennsylvania state trooper and injured another, was charged with two counts of terrorism on Thursday, Nov. 13. Frien, who was captured near Tannersville, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 20, 2014 after a seven week manhunt, told police he planned the attack to “wake people up,” according…

Girl power, activate!

    I grew up in a world without gender roles.   As a child, I was never told that there were things I could not do because I was a female.   I was not told that I had to keep my clothes neat at recess, or that I could not play tag or…

Life of a worrywart: a memoir

    Hello, my name is Katelyn DeBaun, and I am addicted to worrying.   (Hi, Katelyn.)   This comes from your faithful World News Editor who believes we still do not need to worry so much about Ebola hitting the United States in the same way the bubonic plague hit Europe. Even with the…

Death penalty sought in Oklahoma beheading

Oklahoma prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the case against Alton Nolen, who is charged with murdering his co-worker Colleen Hufford, beheading her on Thursday, Sept. 25. According to NBC, Nolen is also charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon, stabbing another co-worker, Traci Johnson.   According to Oklahoma police, Nolen…

A rejuvenated church

Pope Francis has received a great amount of praise since his appointment for promising to tackle the issue of sex abuse within the Catholic Church.   Less than one month after being elected to the papacy, he demanded that the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith “act decisively as far as cases of sexual abuse…

GOP considering new spending bill

    Republicans in the House of Representatives are currently considering a bill that will fund the government through the end of 2014 in order to prevent another government shutdown.   Congress must pass a bill to fund the government by Sept. 30, or the government will be at risk of another partial shutdown, much…

Fixing a broken system

  As many of us in Northeast Ohio know, T.J. Lane escaped from prison for approximately six hours on Thursday, Sept. 11. Lane was sentenced to three life sentences in 2013 after murdering three high school students in a school shooting.   Personally, it gave me cause to make sure all of my doors and…

Obama outlines strategy to overcome ISIS

In a nationally televised event on Sept. 10, President Obama addressed the nation concerning recent threats posed by ISIS, a terrorist organization located in the Middle East. Nearly a month ago, ISIS released a video of the beheading of James Foley, an American photojournalist who was abducted in Syria in 2012. Just two weeks later,…

Choosing reason over panic

  Several weeks ago, I was perusing my Facebook feed and saw one of my friends had posted a status regarding the recent Ebola outbreak. He stated the American government made a thoughtless decision to allow Ebola survivors Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol back into the United States and if the outbreak continues, the…

Time’s 100 most influential people of 2014–editor’s picks: Profile of notable figures included in Time Magazine’s annual ranking

TITAN: Pony Ma After graduating from Shenzhen University’s department of computer science, Ma began a career in computing at Runxun Communication Development Co., Ltd. In 1999, he founded Tencent Inc., an instant messaging service, which is currently valued at over $65 billion and is the fifth-largest Internet company in the world.   TITAN: Tony Fadell…

Underpaid? I think not.

  Last week, Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) told reporters from CQ Roll Call, “Members of Congress are underpaid,” saying the $174,000 salary does not afford congressmen to live comfortably in Washington, D.C.   President Obama implemented a salary freeze for congressmen earning more than $100,000 in 2009 near the end of the Great Recession. At…