Articles by Ryllie Danylko

Columns: Senior Column

In almost every “Ryllie Factor” column I’ve written this year, I’ve ranted about the things in the world that tick me off. My strong opinions and tone have become the foundations of my writing persona, but for my final column, I’d like to explore a different side of “The Ryllie Factor.”   Four years. 128…

The Ryllie Factor: Stand up

  Think about the things that make you angry. The things that make your blood boil. The things that make you want to fall to your knees, throw your hands up to the heavens and post an angry Twitter rant.   Each week, when I think about what to write my column about, I try…

Student Union votes against SAF budget for the first time in history

  For the first time in Student Union history, SU senators voted against the proposed Student Activities Fee budget for the fiscal year 2015 at the SU meeting on Tuesday, March 25. The budget, heavily discussed and debated at both Tuesday’s meeting and the meeting the week before, was voted down in a 10-9 ruling.…

Missing Malaysian flightcrashed in Indian Ocean

  The 17-day search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 ended on Monday when Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said the jet crashed in the southern Indian Ocean. Airline officials said all 239 passengers onboard are presumed dead.   Groundbreaking satellite-data analysis by Inmarsat, a British satellite company, showed the plane went down in the ocean…

Venezuela erupts in violent protests

    The death toll has risen to 13 and more than 150 have been injured in clashes between pro and anti-government protesters in an increasingly divided Venezuela.   Small, sporadic protests began to spring up across Venezuela earlier this month, encouraged by opposition leaders Maria Corina Machado and Leopoldo Lopez. The turmoil escalated on…

The Ryllie Factor: Freedom (some restrictions may apply)

  “The land of the free, the home of the brave*” I must have missed the lyric in the United States national anthem that explains the invisible asterisk laying out the disclaimers and limitations that come along with being a U.S. citizen. Because more and more, politicians and ordinary citizens alike are attempting to manipulate…

The Ryllie Factor: Who needs feminism?

Approximately 60 percent of college students in the United States are women; more women than men turned out for the 2012 presidential election; mainstream pseudo-psychology no longer spreads propaganda about women’s natural domestic tendencies and their destined place in the kitchen. So do we really still need feminism? The answer is yes – overwhelmingly yes.…

Students fight for a living wage for JCU employees

Students are seeking to hold John Carroll University to its Jesuit values in regard to fair wages and treatment for all its employees. The recently initiated Jesuit Just Employment movement is led by seniors Devan Gisoni and Leo Orlando, both of whom were inspired by similar movements at other Jesuit universities.   The movement aims…

The Ryllie Factor: 20 signs you’re a 20-something who’s sick of being told how to be a 20-something

    “20 things every 20-something should know how to do,” “101 things every 20-something realizes in their 20s,” “20 women every 20-something girl needs in her life,” “5,000 signs you’re a 20-something.” What is it about the ages of 20-29 that everyone feels it is his or her responsibility to regulate these years? It…

Scafe v. JCU court proceedings continue

A lawsuit filed by former head football coach Regis Scafe against John Carroll University is set to go to trial in 10 days, but the University is still awaiting a ruling on a motion to have the case dismissed. Hundreds of pages of documents filed with the court in support of dismissing the case provide…

The Ryllie Factor: Help me, I’m poor

  A good employee is someone who is motivated, creative, organized, eager to learn, and now, more than ever … unpaid. Unpaid internships have exploded over the past two decades. Twenty years ago, only about 27 percent of college graduates were working at unpaid internships, but today that number stands at approximately 50 percent. Employers…

Heights Music Hop brings hype to the Heights

As many students head home for Fall Break, campus is going to get pretty quiet. But for those hanging around JCU during the long weekend, things might get pretty loud, that is, if they head over to the Heights Music Hop in Cleveland Heights. FutureHeights, Cleveland Beer Week and Cellar Door Cleveland teamed up to…

Former head football coach Regis Scafe files suit against John Carroll University

Former John Carroll University head football coach Regis Scafe has sued the University for age discrimination in a lawsuit that is set to go to trial in February in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, court records show.   Scafe, 63, was fired by the University just over a year ago, on Nov. 15, 2012, following…

My Big, Fat Greek Dormitory: All Greek orgs set to reside under one roof next year

Things will be getting a whole lot “Greeker” in Hamlin Hall starting in the fall of 2014. At a PanHellenic Council meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 30, Residence Life announced its decision to house all eight Greek organizations (all organizations besides Lambda Chi Alpha, which is still in the process of getting its charter) in Hamlin…

John Day steps down as provost and academic vice president

On Friday, Oct. 11, the Rev. Robert Niehoff, S.J. announced via a University-wide email to the John Carroll University community that John T. Day, provost and academic vice president, is stepping down from that position. However, this is not goodbye for Day, who will take a year of leave and then return to JCU as…

New administration post created to promote diversity

John Carroll University is getting serious about increasing and promoting diversity on campus. In its biggest development in the push for diversity yet, JCU is implementing a permanent administration position, the assistant provost for diversity.   Murmurs of the creation of this position date as far back as 2008, when the Rev. Robert Niehoff, S.J.,…

Columns: Anti-advice column

  If you ever take any advice from any of my columns, let it be this: Don’t take anyone’s advice. How’s that for a paradox? While it can be nice sometimes to get guidance from an older, wiser role model figure – whether it’s your grandmother or Google – most of the time you’ll find…

The Ryllie Factor: Intro to introverts: a beginner’s guide

  “If you’re lonely when you’re alone, then you’re in bad company,” French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre said. I’m not going to pretend that I ever read any of Sartre’s work (except what I was assigned for class, of course). But, as baffling as philosophy is to me as a whole, I’ve got to admit that…

The Ryllie Factor: A newer, cooler, shinier column

  A few weeks ago, I decided to start using lip balm again (this isn’t a column about cosmetics, I promise). I began applying vanilla-scented Softlips a few times a day, because I found it under my dresser, and because I wanted to have soft lips – duh. But I began to notice something absurd:…

The Ryllie Factor: A dangerous immunity

Another tragic mass shooting; a man seeking help after being injured in a car crash gunned down by a police officer, presumably because he was African American; Americans enraged by an Indian American being crowned Miss America. Talk about a national case of the Mondays. I’m not saying that to make light of all three…

The Ryllie Factor: The good, the bad and the Millenials

If you’re between the ages of 18 and 28, I’m surprised you put down your new-fangled, expensive smart phone that your parents bought you and stopped watching cat videos online for five minutes to read this, you lazy, bottom-feeding Millenial.   Haven’t you heard? Millenials are “Generation Text,”  “The Me, Me, Me Generation” and “The…

The Ryllie Factor: Stop the glorification of busy

This past semester, I served as Campus Editor of The Carroll News, president of JCU’s Dance Ensemble, editorial intern at John Carroll Magazine and I took on 18 credits of classes. I’m not telling you this to brag. I’m telling you this because it was one of the stupidest decisions I’ve ever made. Needless to…

Father Niehoff discusses the future of JCU

John Carroll University’s president, the Rev. Robert Niehoff, S.J. was the special guest at the Student Union meeting on Tuesday, April 23. He spoke about the successes of the past school year, and what he is looking forward to for John Carroll University’s future. The Carroll News also sat down with Niehoff to catch up…

The Ryllie Factor: Call me a “Yankee,” but…

Last August, as I walked around the Crawford County Fair with my dad, taking in the sights of cowboy hats and camouflage, the smells of funnel cakes and farm animals, and the sounds of country music I’ve grown up loving, I felt just about as American as I’ve ever felt. But one thing stuck out…

The Ryllie Factor: Allow me to introduce myself

Hi, my name is Ryllie, and I like cats, dogs, Starbursts and long walks on the beach … is how I could start my first ever column. However, I’d like to introduce myself in a way that is a little more interesting and a little less Match.com. Let’s start with my name. While you might…