Articles by Nicole Green

The Greener Side: Just do it

Last weekend, I logged into Facebook and discovered I was suddenly Facebook friends with Elmo, Doug Funnie and Hello Kitty. Many members of the Facebook community changed their profile pictures to images of cartoon characters from Disney movies or old Nickelodeon shows. The explanation of the trend came from a status update posted by an…

The Greener Side: Shut your mouth

I don’t know a single woman who is completely happy with her body.  “She” thinks her butt is too small or her thighs are too big. She wants to be skinnier or fill out a bigger bra size or just to be better looking in general. Oh, no, she just spotted cellulite, and she really…

Not enough candidates on the ballot

Three students submitted letters of intent for the class of 2012 senate; write-in candidates may fill the empty seats The class of 2012 will be underrepresented on this year’s Student Union senatorial ballot. Six senatorial positions exist for the class of 2012. Only three candidates submitted the required form, a letter of intent that was…

The Greener Side: Carpe diem

I’m not someone who thinks the best part of life will end after college.  I hate when people say, “It’s all down hill from here” or some other clichéd variation of the same idea that fun dies when a degree is earned.  I am graduating in a little more than a month, and, as a…

The Greener Side: You’re fired

National Public Radio was inundated with negative criticism after firing veteran news analyst Juan Williams last week after he appeared on “The O’Reilly Factor” and made remarks about the nervousness that, for him, accompanies the presence of people dressed in Muslim garb on airplanes. The decision to fire Williams, a regular Fox News commentator, was…

The Greener Side: Sold, bought or processed

I was getting a skirt tailored the other day by an older woman with a thick European accent. She asked me questions about my mother and my father and their jobs and my job as she pinned the material. I told her that I think I want to be a teacher. She told me, “Oh,…

Facebook’s Future

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a $100 million donation to the failing Newark, N.J. schools during an appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” on Sept. 24.  Zuckerberg will launch Startup: Education Foundation with $100 million in his own Facebook stock, which will be sold on the secondary market at the discretion of the…

The Greener Side: 451 degrees

Last week was National Banned Books Week. Even today, educational institutions and annoying parents march to their local libraries and school boards demanding that books be removed from shelves and classrooms. Apparently, these people are not fond of the freedom of speech, but they love the freedom to protest. Instead of reading about new or…

The Greener Side: On my honor

My younger brother and sister and I would often make deals and bets when we were little. One time, I must have been a brat after a loss and told my little brother, “Oh well.” Oh well. I lost the bet, But I’m not going to get you a Popsicle or change the station on…

The Greener Side: Gaga gets political

Lady Gaga showed her support for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in a YouTube video released Friday. Specifically, Gaga called on several Republican senators, asking them to allow the issue to go to vote. As a policy, DADT is the problem-solving equivalent of duct tape – a quick fix for when the acting…

JCU drops in ‘Great Schools, Great Prices’

John Carroll University fell to 15th place on The U.S. News & World Report rankings for Midwest regional universities under the category “Great Schools, Great Prices.” The rankings, released earlier this month, place JCU, which held the 4th position last year, behind two Ohio schools, Muskingum University (6) and Baldwin-Wallace College (9). Vice President for…

The Greener Side: War of arts

Last week The New York Times’ publisher, Arthur Sulzberger, confirmed the inevitable; The Times will go out of print in the future. The statement was temporally vague but committal.  In fewer than ten years, it seems economically mandated and technologically sensible that people will no longer sit at their kitchen counters with a coffee and…

Columns: Liberty and Justice for All

In 1990 the Supreme Court overturned a ruling that prohibited the burning of the American flag. Though paradoxical, lighting fire to the red, white and blue was ruled an act of symbolic free speech and is thus, very American. I don’t necessarily agree that burning a flag is the most effective or respectful display of…

ROTC office gets OK from council

The University Heights City Council passed a motion that will grant John Carroll University a special permit to use a house it owns in the city as administrative offices for its ROTC program upon its acceptance of the motion and several conditions. The University was granted a special permit to use the house at 4070…

The Greener Side: Home away from home

After being named co-editors, Brian Bayer and I hoped to share a bonding experience before we began to tackle the editorial and op/ed sections of The Carroll News. Brian surprised me with a gondola ride through Venice, Italy. What a man! He hired world news editor Sean Webster as our gondolier, who effortlessly moved us…

Textbook information, transcript requests going online

Changes meet requirements of Higher Education Opportunity Act John Carroll University will update its schedule of classes to include required course material information online. The change is in compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, which requires higher education institutions to reveal such information on their class schedules by July 1, 2010. The…

JCU professor recounts WWII experience in new book

Richard Hansler was 19 years old when an explosion on a B-17 bomber left him stranded in enemy territory during World War II. Hansler is currently an adjunct professor of physics and the director of The Lighting Innovations Institute at John Carroll University. In 1943, however, he was a navigator for the U.S. Army Air…

No more same-sex dorms

John Carroll University’s Pacelli Residence Hall will convert from an all-female dormitory to a co-ed housing option for the 2010-2011 school year.

Niehoff makes an appearance

University President the Rev. Robert Niehoff S.J. came to the Student Union meeting on March 23 to discuss fundraising, enrollment and communication with the student body.

Blogging reaches new hype among social and business worlds

Green-living expert Sara Snow wrote last week about “A Part of Something Big,” a program that sells fair-trade and environmentally-friendly items through school fundraising. In her entry, she discussed products sold such as soaps made by women in a Chicago substance abuse home, and coffee from companies who farm without slashing forests. She tags blog…

JCU receives prestigious grant

John Carroll University was one of four Ohio universities selected for the Woodrow Wilson Foundation’s Teaching Fellows program, which aims to attract individuals from science, technology, engineering and math disciplines into teaching professions. The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and the Ohio Board of Regents selected JCU.   Department of Education and Allied Studies Chair Brendan…

Respond, react, recycle

John Carroll University will announce its Sustainability Committee this week, according to Jonathan Smith, vice president and executive assistant to the president. “Carol Dietz, associate vice president of facilities, has agreed to chair the committee and other members agreed, in the fall, to serve. Most of the pieces and parts for the committee are in…

SU unclear on constitutionality of LGBT resolution

Freshman Student Union Senator William Cook compiled a list of constitutional violations the SU committed last week when passing a resolution voicing SU’s support of the inclusion of sexual orientation in JCU’s nondiscrimination policy. Cook said the resolution, which was submitted at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16, violated a bylaw of the constitution that…

Recycling confusion

Lack of communication among John Carroll University students, administration and faculty and staff could be to blame for the University’s negative sustainability reputation. Last fall, JCU received an overall grade of D+ from greenreport.org. JCU entered a contract with Landmark Disposal, based in Medina, for waste removal and recycling management in September of 2007. The…

OurView: Praise for recording artists who sing to improve reality

MTV broke down and faced its reality last week when it officially dropped “music television” from its logo. It should come as no surprise, considering MTV lost touch with its original focus on music as reality television became increasingly popular. Over time, “The Situation” and his GTL routine replaced Carson Daly and “TRL.” In the…