Articles by Mary Frances McGowan

Gotta give em’ hope

I don’t know about you, but I’m really, really, going to miss President Obama. In my first ever presidential election that I could participate in, I cast my ballot to re-elect him. On that fateful morning of November 8th in 2012, I threw on my formal school uniform (there was mass that day) and trussed…

McGowan's Manifesto: It’s mourning in America

I wish I knew how to start this. I wish I could say how I’ve made my peace, that time will go on, that the people had their say. Hopefully, someday, I’ll get there. Right now, I am deeply, utterly, hurt and disappointed. I am not going to hold back for the sake of salvaging…

Panel of exonerees speak to JCU community about life after prison

Imagine spending nearly 30 years of your life in jail for a crime you did not commit. For many members of the band “Exoneree,” that unbelievable plight was a reality. On Friday, Sept. 23, the Ohio Innocence Project along with the five formerly wrongfully convicted band-mates came to John Carroll University to address the systematic…

McGowan's Manifesto: Taking a Knee for Terance

    Last Friday, the sleepy evening- sun hung gently in the Tulsa, Oklahoma sky as Terence Crutcher left his music appreciation class at Tulsa Community College.   It’s hard to know what Crutcher was thinking about in the minutes before police sent a bullet through his lung for asking for help.   Maybe his…

McGowan's Manifesto: I willed it thus

There are seldom pet-peeves that are more pronounced in my life than people who don’t honor their past.   I’m a bit of Nietzsche fan (please don’t stop reading), and in his work, he talks a lot about your past being a constant part of your present. Although I am probably murdering this interpretation because…

McGowan's Manifesto: Dear scared white student

  Dear scared white student: Let me introduce myself. My name is Mary Frances McGowan, and I, like the students who you so callously called murderers, thieves and encouraged to “go back over the wall,” hail from an immigrant background.   I know that it is hard to comprehend, scared white student. My complexion, with…

McGowan's Manifesto: Yes, it’s another Manresa column

  There are rare moments in one’s life when you are so filled with love that all other elements seem to repel from your being.   Monday is generally not a friend of mine. Especially a day like the one we all shared this week, with dark, perilous storm clouds swelling in the sky. On…

McGowan's Manifesto: Rejoice and love yourself today

In high school, my day would begin a little something like this.   Lady Gaga blared from my alarm clock at  6 a.m., and all at once, insecurity wrapped around my ankles like serpents. Grabbing a bundled up uniform kilt in the corner of my room, I would begin to formulate a highly detailed plan…

McGowan's Manifesto: Make America respectful again

  I couldn’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon than celebrating the gift of democracy at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.   I know it probably sounds dorky, but there are few things I love more than the act of voting; there is something almost spiritual about it. Because I’m a…

Mayor Jackson gives State of the City speech

    In the midst of a dizzying presidential campaign, it is easy to forget about local politics. On Monday, March 10, The Carroll News attended the State of the City Address sponsored by the City Club of Cleveland, where Mayor Frank Jackson spoke of both celebrating the city’s successes and cobbling together a future that…

McGowan's Manifesto: The politics of prayer

As the sun sifted through the church’s stained glass window, the rays refused to comfort my shoulders with warmth.   It was reconciliation day at school, and as I shifted in my chair as the priest looked upon me with disappointed eyes, all I could was cry.   Between tears, I attempted to explain the…

Student Orgs team up for Flint

    As the supply of water in Flint, Mich. becomes increasingly toxic, environmentally and socially conscientious students at John Carroll University are organizing to help relieve the problem. Deemed,“Operation Hydration,” members of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, African American Alliance and the Environmental Issues Group are coming together to collect bottles of water, water filters…

McGowan's Manifesto: What RBG and Scalia can teach us

  In all my years spent as a self-proclaimed political nerd, I have never understood people’s frustration and annoyance with presidential campaigns. That is, of course, until now.   In the midst of choosing the woman or man who will run our country, we have reduced a process that used to be among the noblest…

McGowan's Manifesto: We are all American

In the outskirts of Chicago, a young father takes his children to the playground. Like any proud dad, his grin overtakes his kind face as he watches his children collapse in laughter.   When the sun wanes in the overcast sky, his smile is replaced with an all-too-familiar nervousness. As a Muslim man, this is…

Thief at large

  Several thefts have been reported to John Carroll University’s Police Department. The thefts have been occurring since December 2015 and have extended into the new year. According to an email sent from the John Carroll Police Department, two televisions were stolen from Boler School of Business, two laptops were stolen from a vehicle, a…

SCOTUS to review immigration reform

  Adding another highly contentious case to their 2016 docket, the United States Supreme Court announced Tuesday, Jan. 19 that they will review United States v. Texas, assessing the legality of President Barack Obama’s immigration reform orders.   Fourteen months ago, President Obama proposed to make it easier for the millions of people living in…

Student Union members sworn in at inauguration

Last week, the John Carroll University Student Union convened to review the highs and lows of their tenure in 2015, as well as welcome the new president, executive board members and senators with an inaugural ceremony.   Former President of Student Union, senior Cole Hassay, started the evening with an outgoing statement reflecting on the…

McGowan's Manifesto: The war on X-mas is over (if you want it)

  As warm lights adorn quaint town squares and the soft blanket of snow lays gently on the ground, it’s difficult not to get into a holiday state of mind.  As much as I would love to maintain the cynical journalist stereotype, I am not afraid to admit that I love this time of  year…

AAA airs grievances

As the tide of the racial justice movements initiated by students at the University of Missouri continues to extend to Yale, Fordham, University of Michigan and Loyola of Chicago, among others, John Carroll University is no exception.   On Thursday, Dec. 3, members of the African American Alliance entered classrooms unannounced and presented students in…

African American Alliance presents JCU president with list of demands

  The African American Alliance (AAA), the black cultural organization on campus, occupied the office of the Rev. Robert Niehoff S.J. on Friday, Nov. 20 and presented him with list of 10 demands that ask for systematic changes that aim to eradicate instances of racial injustice on campus. These injustices that are detailed in their…

McGowan's Manifesto: Aging is a peculiar thing

  While I was still enjoying my youth, I would watch my mother apply her crimson lipstick and long for her cool, collected wisdom. In my naivete, I saw adulthood as a fast world with boundless freedom, where you didn’t cry when you fell down anymore and where you had all of the answers. As…

McGowan's Manifesto: Check your privillege at the door

  It was once said by  Desmond Tutu,  “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” Since the racially charged brutality that took place last year in Ferguson, Miss. was brought to light,  I have been awakened to an understanding of our deeply racist American history and…

McGowan's Manifesto: Why fair trade matters

    Imagine with me for a second that you are someone entirely different from yourself. Shed your western socialization and envision that you were not born into the community that you were, but instead in a poverty-stricken pocket of the Dominican Republic.   In order to survive, you work impossibly long hours in a…

McGowan's Manifesto: Woes of the Female Intern

  It was the first press conference of the summer. A month prior to this date, I started my journey as a congressional press intern, and every day following, I repeatedly pinched myself to make sure that I wasn’t dreaming. I had fantasized about being part of the wheel of public service for as long…

McGowan's Manifesto: The maiming of Lady Liberty

  Tucked between the Pacific and Atlantic lives a magnificent young woman named Lady Liberty. Her beauty is rich, varied and deep, with amber locks, sea glass eyes and skin that glows with warm desert reds and cool mountainous blues. She has many, many children, 318.9 million to be exact.   As a fledgling mother,…