Articles by Mary Frances McGowan

McGowan's Manifesto: The petty party

As a purveyor of all things political, I live for presidential campaigns. While some of my fellow swing-state residents run for bomb shelters as campaign signs dot front lawns and television sets sing of fiscal reform and social issues, I sprint towards the insanity without looking back. I have lived through 5 presidential campaigns and…

McGowan's Manifesto: An enchantment with writing

  The gentle Lake Erie air kissed my skin as I found myself thinking about the future. The day was August 1, 2015, and I was enjoying yet another ideal summer day, lazily reading on the expansive wrap-around porch of the 140 year-old Hotel Lakeside in Lakeside, OH, a cozy Chautauqua community on the shores…

Memorial service commemorates the Rev. Valentino Lassiter

It is a very special thing to see John Carroll University administrators, faculty, students and members of the surrounding communities standing together to celebrate the life of a mutual friend, mentor, teacher and spiritual advisor. On Tuesday, Sept. 22, the JCU community did just that, as they honored the life of Rev. Valentino Lassiter, who…

McGowan's Manifesto: Dear future daughter

    Dear future daughter: I think of you often, although we have not yet met.   I think of you as I walk home alone in the dark and rainy Cleveland streets. I think of you as shadows take on lecherous, human personas, as raindrops hitting the gutters become footsteps, as my heart pounds through…

McGowan's Manifesto: Hey, SCOTUS, lets get equal

  If it’s Sunday, it’s “Meet the Press.” Like any good JCU journalism student, I start my Sabbath day with a piping hot cup of coffee and awardwinning political commentary, all the while visualizing my name in the closing credits.   Last Sunday, one of the predominant talking points was the upcoming marriage equality vote…

Q&A with Beaudry Award winner John Barrett

The Carroll News: How did JCU help you embody what it means to be a “Beaudry Award Winner”?   John Barrett: Carroll provided opportunities. I came here to grow as a student, a leader and as a man of faith, and JCU gave me opportunities in each field to evolve into the man I wanted…

McGowan's Manifesto: To the woman meditating in church

  Over Easter break, I had an intense moment of clarity. Admittedly, Easter has always been my least favorite holiday. The foundations of celebration is an overwhelmingly beautiful reminder of the hope that religion can provide to people. However, in my humble opinion, the holiday in its present form, at least how I’ve experienced it,…

McGowan's Manifesto: An ode to Joe

  Bear with me as I profess a very heavy statement, that I must tell you I mean with all sincerity: this past weekend I experienced one of the rare moments in my time on earth when I felt the absolute weight of what it means to have life.   Over the course of 48…

Exoneree Ricky Jackson speaks to JCU community

  When Ricky Jackson was thrown into the shadowy corners of death row, Gerald Ford was president of the United States, the Vietnam conflict was drawing to a close and modern-day computers and cellphones were merely dreams in the minds of scientists.   Thirty-nine years later, Jackson was exonerated in 2014, becoming the longest serving…

Dear Unkind Student: In defense of AAA

  Dear Unkind Student,   As a member of the John Carroll University community, I must ask you: What are you doing to fulfill your Jesuit values?   When you cowardly tore down the African American Alliance’s list of events from the humble pins, what were you doing for others? Did you aspire in vain…

Bystander intervention training now mandatory for first-year students

As part of the John Carroll University’s Ignatian commitment to curas personalis (care of the whole person), JCU, the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, and Recovery Resources are conducting bystander intervention training sessions this semester for underclassmen. Freshman students living on campus next school year are required to complete this training in order to receive a…

How do you care for the earth? Student interfaith panel discusses environmental issues

  In keeping with the 2015 Ignatian Heritage Week’s sustainability theme, John Carroll University Campus Ministry and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion joined forces to host the fifth interfaith student panel on Monday, Jan. 26. This panel focused on how each represented faith tradition cares for the Earth. During the discussion, it was apparent…

Carrollside chats

The Carroll News chats with student union president Cole Hassay about goals for the future.   The Carroll News: What was the significance of Winston Churchill’s quote at the beginning of your inaugural address?   Cole Hassay: I wanted to bring that up because it says you have to change as times change to continue making…

Students discuss campus race issues

*CORRECTION: The following sentence, “While the discussion of campus race issues is by all means a one-sided debate, students that would disagree the claims made were simply not in attendance” appeared in print. “All means” has since been changed to “no means.” We apologize for this mistake.      The recent events in Ferguson, Missouri,…

Confused about campus construction?

The Carroll News chats with University Heights Mayor Susan Infeld.   Q: Why is there a need for the construction that is happening on campus?    A: The Belvoir Boulevard resurfacing project is a three-city project involving South Euclid, University Heights and Shaker Heights.  Belvoir Boulevard is a [Cuyahoga] County road that traverses all three cities,…

JCUPD participates in “No-Shave November”

    Something hairy is happening in the John Carroll University Police Department. In light of the month-long commemoration of facial-hair affectionately entitled “No-Shave November,” the JCUPD is putting down their razors to honor members of its team who have either battled or lost a family member to cancer.   In a grave series of…

The Carroll News’ adviser receives national award

  Professor Robert Noll, adviser to The Carroll News, received the Society for Collegiate Journalists’ “Barker Award” on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 as the outstanding faculty advisor to a student newspaper for his mentoring  of The Carroll News. The national award sought to identify an individual who is a highly committed adviser for an SCJ…

A eulogy for Lee Road: JCU mourns the loss of community staples

  This week, two Cedar Lee restaurants decided to close their doors. On Monday Oct. 13, both The Cedar Lee Pub and Grill and Sweetie Fry (an ice cream and French fry eatery) announced that they planned on closing their doors forever.   The Pub made tweeted their announcement, saying, “We regret to inform you…

Humans of John Carroll 9/25/14

It takes a special sort of person to start each early morning with a beaming smile and immense work ethic.   Not everyone can rise each day before the sun, commute to work as it rises and serve the JCU community before most students have even thought about waking up.   Diane Seifert, longtime John…

JCU welcomes first assistant provost for diversity, Terry Mills

  John Carroll University showed commitment to university-wide diversity with the addition of the new appointed position of chief diversity officer. Terry Mills’ position has been effective since Aug. 18.   “I didn’t come to Cleveland for the weather, Mills joked, “I came to Cleveland because John Carroll’s commitment to higher education and social justice…

Let’s learn to love

      This week, we come together to “Celebrate the Spirit,” which to me, is all about honoring the community that we have built together as members of John Carroll University.   In my small stint on earth so far, I’ve been lucky to witness communities that exemplify what it means to love.  …

‘Yik Yak’ app hits JCU

  A new social media craze has taken the John Carroll University social-scene by storm. Yik Yak, the infamous “anonymous sharing” site geared towards college students, has both entertained and disgusted JCU students since gaining popularity this fall.   According to Yik Yak’s profile on iTunes, the creators of Yik Yak intended to create a…

Columns: A year in review

I stepped out of my car on move-in day wearing a peasant blouse and a frown. For those of you who know me, I try not to let my smiles curl downward unless the situation is dire. But, I suppose this day was one of those instances. I was about to leave the comfort of…

Paying to serve: JCU EMS voices concerns to university leadership

The alarm clock blares in a piercing cry, the clock face displaying the time “2 a.m.” in bold, red characters. Although you take pride in waking up to help others, you can’t help but think of the challenges you’ll face in the ensuing hour. Due to lack of funding, the number of first responders on…

Wrongfully convicted: Kirk Noble Bloodsworth speaks out

“The most hated man in the state of Maryland.” “Murderer.” “Rapist.” “Monster.” These titles are not lightly given to any individual without total certainty that the accusatory titles are valid.   When Kirk Noble Bloodsworth was convicted and sentenced to death in 1985 for the killing and sexual assault of a 9-year-old girl, he was…