Articles by Marissa Beechuk

Person of the Year: Brian Williams

As Vice President of Enrollment at John Carroll University, Williams has transitioned quite nicely from his eight years at Providence College in Rhode Island to here.

Pat Kelly and Joel Mullner: For Starting the Biggest Campus Tradition

Over 1400 luminaries glowing around the campus. Close to 900 dedicated participants walking in the wee hours of the night, their smiles never fading. More than $76,000 raised for a cause that affects millions of people. After the weekend was over, seniors and Relay For Life co-chairs Pat Kelly and Joel Mullner have something to be proud of.

NBC and NewsCorp. merge

Online video streaming is becoming a new pastime for most Americans–and it’s not going away any time soon. NBC Universal and News Corp., owner of Fox, have recently merged in order to create a new network that will distribute videos via the internet.

Edwards cancer battle doesn’t slow her down

Former Senator John Edwards announced at a press conference on Thursday, March 22 that his wife, Elizabeth’s, breast cancer is back. CNN News reports that 2004 was the last time Elizabeth had undergone treatment. But based on recent test results, doctors say she is currently in the fourth stage of breast cancer meaning it has spread beyond the breast and lymph nodes.

Hostage free from Taliban

An Italian journalist was exchanged for five Taliban prisoners after being held hostage in southern Afghanistan. This is the first time prisoners have been exchanged since the United States and allies invaded Iraq. The hostage, Daniele Mastrogiamcomo, 52, writes for the leftist newspaper La Repubblica.

Alcohol and soldiers don’t mix in Iraq

American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have reverted to alcohol and drugs as a way to deal with the stress of being in a combat zone. Alcohol- and drug-related charges were involved in 240 of the 665 Army criminal prosecutions of soldiers. These 240 cases resulted in convictions, according to records obtained by The New York Times through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Ratner still on a mission

This is the beginning of Michael Ratner’s quest for justice. In an interview with him, he said growing up in Cleveland he wanted to be an archeologist. He even took his children on a dig to Crete two years ago. Now he is the president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, an accomplished author and public speaker, and an advocate for people everywhere.

Sorority kicked off DePauw

The Delta Zeta Chapter at DePauw University has stirred up national controversy with the eviction of several members earlier this year, all of whom were overweight or minorities.

“Obamarama” sweeps through Cleveland, Tri-C

Sen. Barack Obama visited the Eastern Campus of Cuyahoga Community College Mon., Feb. 26 for his last stop in a series of appearances across the country.

Anna Nicole’s death in a mystery

Anna Nicole Smith, former Playboy model, actress, TrimSpa spokeswoman and television personality, was found dead on Thursday, February 8, in her room at the Seminole Hard Rock Café Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. She was 39.

Rural colleges plan to urbanize

Colleges in rural areas, such as Hendrix College, located in Conway, Arkansas, are seeking a new edge. Hendrix College sits in a rural country area which is surrounded by unused land.