Articles by Matthew Hribar

OurView: Maximize your event planning ability

  My housemates believe that at John Carroll there is “one excellent party to every six parties.” In the last three years, I’ve been to parties that look like a World War I trench; kitchens where confessions and secrets are shared, and saunas (I mean basements) which have been anywhere between wet, sticky and completely…

OurView: Evolving with a self stone

The concept of Evolution stems from Darwin, who, after researching various animals on archipelagos west of South America, discovered that animals adapt themselves to their habitats.   A bird species that eats large berries and nuts will slowly change its structure to better imbibe on its food while a worm-eating bird species beak will naturally…

Truth or truth

I have failed. Yes, finally, Matt ‘Father Time,’ ‘Reebs,’ ‘#1 JCU Thighs’ Hribar has finally not been able to conquer a personal objective. For those who placed bets on my life goals, feel free to exchange your gold coins now. For those who didn’t place money down but yet are aghast with pain from hearing…

Buy, Spotify, or Nah? ‘X’ by Chris Brown

  3/5 streaks   Chris Brown’s last album, Fortune, was unfortunately mauled alive by critics for being poorly produced and stylized. Since then, Brown hasn’t fared well with the media, and his reputation has gone down the chute. Perhaps it’s fitting that Brown returns slightly strong, although apt to be cheesy, with his new album,…

Staff Commentary: What is sacrifice? (Baby, don’t hurt me)

During my many Friday night adventures with Labre over the summer, I met and conversed with a couple who I’ll call Rose and George.   Rose and George were living in a tent behind an abandoned house in the eastern part of the Cleveland suburbs. They were in better condition than some of the unhoused…

JCU seeking approval for emergency access road

  John Carroll University was granted approval by University Heights City Council to construct the St. Ignatius of Loyola Plaza, and the University is also in talks to ask the city of University Heights to approve an emergency-only access road near Murphy Hall.   The plaza, which was first announced in 2012, is set to…

Against the scales

I’m the stereotypical Libra. I’m the biggest socialite since Jay Gatsby. I analyze situations until I have multiple outcomes and I tend to have deep connections with people. Libras tend to be more indecisive than Patrick Star’s food order at the Krusty Krab, and we tend to avoid confrontation.   Two major events in my…

Students given the chance to see and touch rare works of Chinese art

    As part of the week long celebration of the Lunar New Year, the Cleveland Museum of Art visited John Carroll University on Thursday, Jan. 30 with ancient Chinese artifacts. Students were given the opportunity to see and touch works of art that are up to 4,000 years old.   The event, which was…

‘ARTPOP’ deserves ‘Applause’

Over sweeping psychedelic dance music, Lady Gaga sings: “My artpop could mean anything,” her thesis for her new album, “ARTPOP,” which came out on Tuesday, Nov. 6. While her debut album, “The Fame” focused on ‘80s pop, and while “Born This Way” channeled vigorous ‘90s rock, “ARTPOP” explores the electronic genre while incorporating many musical…

Darkness consumes campus: Main Quad lighting issues concern students

With clocks moving an hour forward next Sunday and winter’s bestial weather ready to strike John Carroll University, students are growing concerned about the lack of proper outdoor lighting on campus. According to multiple students, the area around the Main Quad has few functioning lights. When asked about their opinions on the outdoor lighting on…

Mission to enclose Murphy Hall before winter continues

Murphy Hall’s skeleton remains a fenced-in project, emulating the feel of an abandoned mansion. Construction is continuing and plans to enclose the building before winter are well underway. Murphy Hall’s construction has been focused on the outside foundation for the last month. Carol Dietz, associate vice president of facilities, explained the many construction updates. The…

Off-campus housing made simple

As students are settling into their new dorm, house or apartment, the last thing on their minds is planning for next year’s housing. But in order to ensure a smooth, satisfying housing process, students might want to consider getting a head start. Differing from the usual laid-back attitude of the typical college student, the process…

Tracking the shuttle: There’s an app for that

Gone are the days of standing in the rain outside of Beachwood Place, wondering where the JCU shuttle could possibly be. Students at John Carroll University will now be able to track the location of the individual vans in JCU’s shuttle system, “Do The Loop.” DoubleMap, the new shuttle-tracking device, will be fully implemented this…

Extreme Makeover: Carroll edition

While students busied themselves with internships and vacations over the summer, John Carroll University completed multiple construction projects on campus. Perhaps the most notable construction project is the improvements on the Belvoir Lot entrance to the D.J. Lombardo Student Center. Carol Dietz, associate vice president of facilities, says that the improvements to the entrance included…

JCU gets a sex talk: Arrupe Scholars hold ‘Sex Signals’ event

Last Thursday, over 200 students came to the Kulas Auditorium to watch “Sex Signals,” a performance brought to campus to raise awareness and inspire audiences to create social change in the fight against domestic violence. The performance involved two actors, Deanna Myers and Chris Sanders, and used improvisation and audience interaction as a means of…

The battle for the 2013 Grammy Awards

The Grammys give us two things every year: a chance to showcase the previous year’s talent and to award music excellence. The process is subjective, and different genres and styles battle it out for prestigious honor. Here are some of my nominees and predicitons: Best New Artist  Alabama ShakesFun. Hunter Hayes The Lumineers Frank Ocean…

A healthy spin on favorite foods

For many people, their resolutions of the new year have to do with fitness and proper eating habits. However, this resolution can easily come crashing down if they don’t get information regarding healthy snacks. Here are several recipes that will enliven your food, give you proper nutrients and are easy to make! Jim’s Microwave Scrambled…

Cool off with Blizzard Bash

Clear your calendars for the Blizzard Bash – WJCU-FM’s annual benefit concert on Nov. 18. The event will star three local bands: Oldboy, The Commonwealth and Lowly, The Tree Ghost. The cover charge is $5 and benefits the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland. Blizzard Bash will be at The Brothers Lounge, which is located between…

Inspection records address students’ claims of food contamination

In response to student outcry after the Aramark story that ran two issues ago, The Carroll News requested health inspection reports for John Carroll University Dining and Schott Dining Hall from the past year. Two standard inspection reports dated April 17, 2012 and Sept. 26, 2012, detailing five total health code violations seen upon routine…

Actors shine in one-act series

Last week, the Tim Russert Department of Communication & Theatre Arts presented three one acts for their fall 2012 line up. The plays were wonderfully executed and revolved around a continuous theme of working through relationships. “The Jewish Wife,” directed by senior Sara Abbott, is about one woman’s struggle to leave her husband for her…

On-campus food services ruffling students’ feathers

Freshman Natalie Wetzel was shocked to find a piece of plastic in her Asian style dish in Schott Dining Hall last Thursday, Oct. 4. “I pushed the plate away and immediately lost my appetite. I didn’t eat anything else that night. It was gross,” Wetzel said. This incident is not the first of a series…

Mumford & Sons releases new album

ith the biggest opening week debut of any artist of 2012, and already on its way to becoming one of the hottest albums of the year, Mumford and Sons are already on a blazing path with their new album “Babel.” In its first week of sales, “Babel” dominated, with 600,000 sales, nabbing a number one…

‘Trouble with the Curve’ falls short of hype

“Trouble with the Curve” should’ve been a fantastic film containing long-awaited acting from Clint Eastwood. Instead, we get a semi-decent film, riddled with several minor errors. The film centers on Gus Lobel (Eastwood), a baseball scout with failing eyesight. Gus’ daughter, played by the witty Amy Adams, decides to intervene and help him on his…

Religion has controversial past with TV

One of the major headlines in recent news concerns violent protests from the Muslim community in over 20 countries due to an American film, which has been deemed to be anti-Islam material. The film poses Muhammad as a fool, child abuser, womanizer, homosexual and a religious fake. The sparks of protest are another fire of…