Articles by Madeline Smanik

Oscar nomination revoked for ethics violation

Early last week, the Academy Award nomination for the song “Alone Yet Not Alone” was officially withdrawn from consideration due to unethical campaigning by the song’s composer.   On Tuesday, Jan. 28, the issue came to a vote by the Governors Board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. They voted to revoke…

American Eagle foregoes retouching in new campaign

American Eagle Outfitters recently launched a new set of advertisements featuring unretouched models as part of their new “Aerie Real” campaign.   The advertisements, released on Friday, Jan. 17, are specifically for Aerie, American Eagle’s lingerie line. The Aerie Real images have phrases like “The girl in this photo has not been retouched” and “The…

“How I Met Your Mother” episode sparks racial controversy

Last Monday, Jan. 13, CBS aired an episode of “How I Met Your Mother” that included several main characters portraying offensive Asian stereotypes. The network received almost immediate backlash from its viewers. The controversy garnered its own hashtag on Twitter, with users referring to the episode as #HowIMetYourRacism. The controversial episode, entitled “Slapsgiving 3: Slappointment…

Your gift-giving guide: A very merry DIY Christmas

The holiday season can be one of the busiest and most expensive times of the year. Between final exams, papers and projects, squeezing in some shopping for presents can feel almost impossible. And on a college student’s budget, finding a nice gift you can afford is often intimidating. However, you can make this season a…

Bend and snap with JCU’s theatrical production

Plenty of college students are familiar with the movie “Legally Blonde,” the film depicting sorority-president-turned-law-student Elle Woods. Devastated when her boyfriend leaves her to find someone more serious, Elle becomes determined to follow her ex to Boston, where they both enroll in Harvard Law School. Along the way, she befriends salon worker Paulette and fellow…

The quest for caffeine: Cleveland style

In today’s fast-paced world, coffee and higher education practically go hand-in-hand. College students are notorious coffee addicts, which is understandable considering the significant increase in schoolwork from high school to college. Sometimes all it takes is a bit of a caffeine boost to help you through your 18 credit hours, part-time job and multiple extracurricular…

PG-13 vs. R-rated gun violence:Is there a difference?

Last week, the Associated Press released a study on gun violence in movies rated either PG-13 or R. The study was performed by The Ohio State University and the Annenburg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. The study found that the occurrence of gun violence in PG-13 movies has increased over time to…

iOS 7: Latest Apple upgrade receives mixed reviews

In typical Apple fashion, the newest software upgrade for the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad – iOS 7 – has been the talk of town since its release on Sept. 18. A variety of reactions, both positive and negative, quickly followed the operating system’s debut. The buzz stems from the drastic change in appearance from…

Wireless woes irritate students

Over the first few weeks of the semester, many John Carroll University students have experienced difficulties with the computer systems on campus. From the wireless Internet not connecting to documents failing to print, the problems have been both widespread and persistent. This was not the experience JCU students were looking forward to at the start…

The Ready Set rocks JCU into the new semester

During their first weekend back on campus, JCU students flocked to the Quad to rock out to performances by both Cris Cab and The Ready Set. The concert, which was sponsored by SUPB, took place on Saturday, Sept. 7. SUPB’s major Events Coordinator, junior Danni Keane, noted the variety of music displayed. “Their styles are…

National Senior Games to take place in Cleveland

The National Senior Games will be held in Cleveland this summer from July 19 through Aug. 1. The events will take place at various locations throughout the city, such as Cleveland State University and the recently built Cleveland Convention Center. These competitions are specifically for participants who are senior citizens. The first National Senior Games…

JCU celebrates scholarship with ‘The Arts at Night’

John Carroll’s 12th annual “A Celebration of Scholarship” continued last Wednesday, April 10 with “The Arts at Night.” Coordinated by Cynthia Caporella, director of liturgical music and music arts, and English professor Philip Metres, the event consisted of both musical and spoken-word performances. Previously called “The Arts at Lunch,” the event was moved to a…

JCU play, ‘Blink: Can you see me?’ addresses contemporary prejudice

This weekend, students at John Carroll will have the opportunity to see a play that was written by one of JCU’s very own professors. Mary Weems, assistant professor in the Department of Education and Allied Studies, wrote “Blink: Can you see me?” which addresses tough issues that are especially prevalent on college campuses today. The…

Fast Food goes healthy

t sounds, these may soon be the choices you see in chain restaurants around the country. Recently, various fast food chains have introduced both vegetarian and vegan options to their menus. Chipotle has begun to offer tofu at a few of their San Francisco locations. Although they won’t release specific data, it appears the feedback…

Early Mona Lisa painting judged authentic

Earlier this month, a Switzerland-based art institution announced that an older version of the Mona Lisa has been authenticated as an original. This particular portrait of Lisa del Giocondo, da Vinci’s model for the Mona Lisas, depicts a much younger woman. It shows del Giocondo about 20 years younger than she appears in the Mona…

One act series is ready to impress

Don’t wait until Friday to start your fun-filled weekend. Grab a coffee from The Cubby and head over to Marinello Little Theatre, located in the Lombardo Student Center, down the hall from the Office of Student Activities. John Carroll University’s Little Theatre Society, Alpha Psi Omega, will be performing three plays this Thursday, Friday and…