Articles by Madeline Smanik

Your vote is your voice

  As a country, the United States is fundamentally about freedom – freedom to speak our minds, freedom from tyrannical rule, and even the freedom to choose our own leaders. In the 2014 midterm election, voter turnout was 36.4%. That was the worst turnout in the U.S. since World War II. This begs the question:…

Q&A with Margaret Farrar, the new dean of the college of arts and sciences

The Carroll News: What made you decide to come to John Carroll?   Margaret Farrar: I knew this school from growing up in Cleveland and loved it. A number of my friends went here and some of my cousins went here. I knew the reputation of the school and was familiar with it. When I…

Humans of John Carroll: Brianna Lazarchik

    When senior Brianna Lazarchik found out she had been selected as this year’s Millor Orator at commencement, she was thrilled to reach her goal.   “I’ve wanted this for four years,” said Lazarchik. “I’m still speechless, thinking about it.”   Every year at John Carroll University’s commencement ceremony, one graduating senior gives a speech.…

Alumnus’ documentary to be shown on campus

  When Brian Donovan, alumnus of the class of 1989, started filming his sister Kelly 16 years ago, he didn’t think of it as the beginning of a documentary.   “I was just filming my sister,” said Donovan. “I suppose like parents film their kids.” A few years later, however, he began to see potential.…

Entrepreneurship receives grant for program expansion

    Last fall, John Carroll University received a grant in the amount of $51,450 from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation.   According to the announcement from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, “The grant is to be used to support the design of new academic units on entrepreneurship and creativity and enhance faculty learning on…

Racial issues highlighted in student documentary

Part-time lecturer of philosophy Chris Rawls and a small group of students began working on a documentary back in September. The topic? Racism. The film is not for a class, none of the students receive academic credit and no one is being paid for their work.   “Everybody’s just doing it just to see what…

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…

Humans of John Carroll: Pat Vecellio and Ann Marie Kirchner

Junior Patrick Vecellio and sophomore Ann Marie Kirchner received the 2015 George B. Sweeney Endowed Campion Award for Service this month.   According to the official Center for Service and Social Action awards announcement, the Campion Award “recognizes sophomore and junior student leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to community service and social justice motivated…

It’s all about me

“Your 20s are your selfish years.” I see articles shared on Facebook and Twitter nearly every day. And, far too many of them contain this statement. I’d like to know why being self-centered is constantly applauded and encouraged. On the other hand, while we rarely see articles about the importance of being caring and self-sacrificing.…

Ignatian Heritage Week to celebrate sustainability

John Carroll University’s annual Ignatian Heritage Week will focus on sustainability this year.   The celebration, entitled “Healing a Broken World,” is named after a recent Jesuit document on ecology. The Task Force on Jesuit Mission and Ecology compiled the document in 2010.   Events on campus will take place from Sunday, Jan. 25 through…

JCU joins nationwide sexual assault prevention campaign

“It’s on us.”   John Carroll University’s Student Union is working to share this message to prevent sexual assault.   Student Union President Tim Ficke announced the launch of the “It’s On Us” campaign at JCU to the University via email earlier this month.   In September, the White House launched “It’s On Us” to…

High school students begin early college program

College in the morning and high school in the afternoon is not how most of us remember 11th grade. But for eight students at Cleveland Heights High School, it’s just their regular routine. These students began taking classes at John Carroll University this semester as part of the R.E.A.L. Early College small school. High school…

Why are you here?

I don’t mean that to be some deep, philosophical question. I mean, why are you here at John Carroll? We all have our reasons for choosing this school over the others, but why did you choose higher education at all?   In the state of Ohio, high school students can drop out at the age…

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…

Faculty transition to new roles and restructured departments

    Students at John Carroll University will be seeing quite a few new faces this fall—and they won’t just be fellow students. The University has hired several new faculty members who will begin their term this academic year. Many JCU professors retired last spring, leaving various positions open. Over the 2013-2014 academic year, faculty…

Joseph Miller retires after 53 years at JCU

Tim Russert Department of Communication and Theatre Arts professor Joseph Miller will retire at the end of this semester after teaching at John Carroll University for 53 years.   Throughout his career, Miller has held a variety of positions at JCU. At one time, he served as adviser to The Carroll News.   “The University…

Not my dream

  Role models are a tricky subject. Celebrities and public figures dominate our Twitter news feeds and magazine covers. We can find their posters on our dorm room walls and their quotes on our Pinterest inspiration boards. But for some, it goes even further than that. There is a fine line between admiration and idolization,…

Cloud Nothings releases 4th studio album: Local band kicks off international tour

“Cleveland rocks” has represented itself in a number of notable entertainers, including acts such as Nine Inch Nails and Kid Cudi.   They join the company of many other artists who also hail from the city of rock ‘n’ roll.   One of these performers is musician Dylan Baldi, a native Clevelander whose band Cloud…

‘Autism Speaks U’ brings awareness to campus

  Bridges, buildings and monuments turned blue on Wednesday, April 2, in recognition of Autism Awareness Month. This April, the JCU chapter of Autism Speaks U is joining in the celebration.   Wednesday, April 2 marked the international “Light It Up Blue” celebration of World Autism Awareness Day and commemorated its seventh year as a…

PlayhouseSquare announces new Broadway lineup

  The Palace Theatre buzzed with chatter and music as guests waited for the PlayhouseSquare 2014-2015 KeyBank Broadway Season Launch Party to begin.   The event on Tuesday, March 25 marked the announcement of PlayhouseSquare’s upcoming year of programming.   At the start of the event, KeyBank Vice President of Community Relations Karen White announced…

Cleveland International Film Festival celebrates 38th consecutive year

  Calling all film enthusiasts, Cleveland fans and supporters of the arts. Downtown Cleveland is hosting hundreds of foreign and independent films this month at the Cleveland International Film Festival.   The festival began Wednesday, March 19 and is scheduled to run through Sunday, March 30.   The festival features movies from a variety of…

Picks for the literature lovers

Why not curl up with a good book this break?   Movie adaptation:   “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green   Named by Time Magazine as the No. 1 fiction book of 2012, this young adult novel tells the story of teenagers Hazel Lancaster and Augustus Waters, who meet in a cancer support…

‘Vikings’ actors chat with The Carroll News

    “Vikings” tells the story of legendary warrior Ragnar Lothbrok and the people who surrounded him. The Carroll News spoke with Katheryn Winnick, who plays Ragnar’s wife, Lagertha, and Clive Standen, who portrays Ragnar’s brother, Rollo. Season two of “Vikings” premieres Thursday, Feb. 27 at 10 p.m. Catch up on episodes from season one…

‘Porgy and Bess’ showcases talent nationally

  A story of hardship, love and loss recently came to Cleveland’s own theater district. As part of the 2013-2014 KeyBank Broadway Series, The Gershwins’ “Porgy and Bess” played at PlayhouseSquare this month. The show was directed by Diane Paulus, artistic director of the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University.   “Porgy and Bess” starts…

Brite Winter Festival heats up Cleveland weather with music and art

  While the harsh conditions of the cold and blustery polar vortex have kept many people indoors, the upcoming BriteWinter Festival is ready to revel in that very weather.   This Saturday, Feb. 15, Cleveland will host its fifth annual Brite Winter Festival, an outdoor celebration of art and music. The festival is free and…