Articles by Laura Bednar

Designated parking areas prompt complaints

    Students returned to the University this year to find a new configuration of the Belvoir parking lot as well as an entirely new parking system.   The new configuration of the lot was the result of a safety study done by a traffic engineering consultant in 2014. According to Carol Dietz, Associate Vice President…

New class combines immersion with Salvadoran history

During the fall semester of the 2015-2016 school year, there will be a theology and history class entitled, “Salvadoran Witnesses: the Ongoing Struggle for Justice in Church and Country.” Professor for the class Anne McGinness, campus minister for small faith communities and immersions, reflected on the course with a quote by Fr. Peter Hans Kolvenbach,…

Contribution brings University closer to Forever Carroll campaign fundraising goal

Donahue family donates $6 million to JCU     The Forever Carroll Campaign recently received a donation of $6 million from Timothy M. Donahue and Jayne N. Donahue. This donation is one of the largest gifts to date from the campaign’s beginning in May of 2013.   The goal of the campaign is to raise…

Fraternity early alumni reflect on reorganization

  John Carroll University Fraternity Beta Theta Pi underwent a reorganization process in April of 2014. Now one year after they have been removed from the chapter, former brothers, deemed “early alumni” of the fraternity, have questions and assumptions as to why they were removed. “[We want] clarification about the negative connotation that goes with…

Planting seeds of resistance: Professor travels to Israel to resist occupation of Palestine

  B’Tselem, an Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, is loosely translated in Hebrew as “take a picture and document this.” This is exactly what associate professor of education David Shutkin did when he started blogging about his trip to Israel, where he participated in acts of civil disobedience.   Shutkin…

‘Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals’ exhibit visits JCU

When people think of the Holocaust, many associate it with Jews, gypsies and other ethnicities targeted by the Nazis. However, the “Nazi Persecution of the Homosexuals” exhibition brings to light the discrimination of a group that some may not associate with the Holocaust.   The exhibition is at John Carroll University on loan from the…

Humans of John Carroll: Ryley Conway

  At the age of 15, most teenagers are still trying to find their place in high school. But, John Carroll University freshman Ryley Conway found her place in India for an entire year while attending high school and serving the community.   Conway said that back in high school, she felt like she was…

Interfaith Prayer Room finds a home in Grasselli

The Grasselli Library and Breen Learning Center is more than just a home for books. It is a place for students to meet friends, drink coffee at the Den and, as of recently, take a moment to pray.   The new Interfaith Prayer Room, which opened on Monday, Jan. 26 during Ignatian Heritage Week, is…

Humans of John Carroll: Armand Pucci

  He’s been a teacher, a veteran and a John Carroll University employee for over 21 years. But, most people who know him just call him Armand.   Armand Pucci has worked at the recreation desk for what will be 22 years next month. In his current position, he carries out the policies of the…

Humans of John Carroll: James Burrows

Sister Katherine Feely, director of the Center for Service and Social Action, described James Burrows as someone who greets others with a radiant smile and lends a hand whenever needed. His commitment to service and representation of a “faith that does justice” earned him the staff service award.   The staff service award was launched…

“Meet the Press” searches for seventh fellowship recipient

“Meet the Press” offers two fellowships: One is open to students across the country and one is specifically for John Carroll University students. The fellowship at JCU was created in conjunction with NBC in honor of the late alumnus Tim Russert.   Russert was the senior vice president and Washington bureau chief for NBC News,…

University achieves fair trade status: John Carroll Fair Trade Committee wins extensive advocacy battle

After years of campaigning, John Carroll University has joined Seattle University, Saint Joseph’s University, Creighton University and Loyola Marymount University as the fifth Jesuit school to become a fair trade university. There are currently 25 university campaigns declared nationwide.   Fair trade is a system of exchange where the individual producer of a product and…

MBA cohort’s presentation on ethics impresses local leaders

Think final exams are hard? Try trading places with a graduate student in the part-time MBA program in the Boler School of Business.   For a five-week, one credit course called “Ethical Decision Making,” 14 students (who all have jobs) were tasked with assembling a “TED-like” talk on ethics to a board of six high-ranking…

JCU alum tells story of overcoming paralysis

Alumnus David Markovich ‘14 spoke on Thursday, Dec. 4 at the Donahue Auditorium about his life journey. Markovich went from having paralysis to eventually running a half marathon. His presentation was sponsored by the JCU Student Athlete Advisory Committee.   David Markovich explained Transverse Myelitis using the example of a lamp. The head of the…

Knights of Columbus returns to JCU, honors the Rev. Bernie McAniff

The John Carroll University chapter of the Knights of Columbus was reinstated on Thursday, Nov. 20 when it welcomed nine new members into the council. The Knights of Columbus is a worldwide Catholic men’s fraternal benefits society, which upholds the values of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. The John Carroll chapter held its first degree…

Smoke Signals: Students and faculty weigh-in on the tobacco-free campus debate

Students voted against the proposed campus-wide tobacco ban during the Student Union Executive Board election on Nov. 5 and 6.   From the 782 votes cast on the ballot issue, 413 or 52.81 percent of students voted against the initiative, while 369 students or 47.19 percent voted in favor of it. The implications of the…

SUPB executive board to receive stipends

    The Student Union Programming Board (SUPB) executive board members will be receiving a stipend beginning next semester. A stipend is a periodic payment granted to a student, meaning that executive board members will be receiving a paycheck.   Current Campus Events Coordinator for SUPB, junior Corinne Hendrock, said, “I think the stipend is…

Student Union Executive Board debate focuses on tobacco-free proposal

Debate surrounding a tobacco-free campus, a more transparent Student Union, diverse dining options for students and communication procedures took place at the 2014-2015 Student Union Executive Board debate on Tuesday, November 4 in the LSC Atrium.   The debate began with an address from current Student Union President, senior Tim Ficke, assessing the success of…

Court of Common Pleas: Colaluca works with families

  Janet Rath Colaluca At the end of the workday, Judge Janet Rath Colaluca goes home and hugs her husband and children, weary from seeing the unpleasant aspects of families in her Domestic Relations courtroom, but satisfied with the work she has done.   “Knowing you are making a difference for the better gets you…

University receives Career Ready Internship grant

This year, John Carroll University is one of 40 colleges to receive a Career Ready Internship grant in the amount of $147,933 from the Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates for the 2014-2015 academic year. The funds will be used to establish 38 new paid internships for juniors and seniors in the College of…

Students take a STAND against genocide: Developing organization aims to spread awareness about mass killings

Polish-Jewish jurist Raphael Lemkin defined genocide as a “coordinated plan of different actions aiming at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves.”   This is the definition that STAND adopted. STAND looks at mass casualties as well as mass atrocities dealing with race…

The fight for a ‘living wage’ continues: JCU Workers’ Rights Committee organizes for fair pay for workers

      According to the president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, the Rev. Michael Sheeran, S.J., one of the characteristics of a Jesuit university is integrity. Under that characteristic was the question: does the university ensure a just wage for its employees with particular concern given to those earning the least within…

Kindergarten lessons

    Think back through your years in school. Who can you say is your favorite teacher? Now, as good as that teacher may be, does he or she compare to your kindergarten teacher?   Kindergarten is your first real year of school. What you learn there affects how you live the rest of your…

HUMANS OF JOHN CARROLL: A new weekly feature about the people who make up JCU

If you see a girl wheeling a blue suitcase across campus at 5 a.m., it’s probably sophomore Amber Guizzotti with her ice skates, getting ready for her next competition.   Guizzotti represented John Carroll University at the Collegiate National Championship in Rochester Hills, Michigan this past August. She came in second place in her division…

JCU community remembers lives of two students

John Carroll University suffered two losses over the summer: sophomore Patrick Waldron and freshman Adam Shergalis.   Patrick Waldron   Patrick Waldron was a son to his father, Keith, and mother, Julie, and brother to his sister, Maddie. Hailing from Williamsville, New York (outside of Buffalo), he attended St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, where he was…