Articles by Tim Johnson

Senior Column: Tim Johnson

  To be completely honest, I’ve been experiencing serious trouble coming up with any final words to offer at all. Since last spring, I’ve spent considerable idle time thinking about this exact column in this exact issue of the paper. I even started writing a column almost exactly a year ago. But now that I’m…

The Johnson Journal: End of an age

  One day, I woke up and I was 22. It’s as if I went to sleep at 15 years old, or it might’ve been at 12, and I’ve just now awoken from my long, disorienting slumber.   Life moves at a rapid, yet repetitive pace. There are only flashes and few instances where I…

The Johnson Journal: Going viral

  Each day, the human brain processes more information and executes more orders than any modern computer during the same amount of time. For all of the technological advances societies have made in recent years, the human body contains the most complex iteration of a “computer” in the world. And while this fact might sound…

The Johnson Journal: Heroes in Disguise

When I was younger, Saturday mornings included monochromatic episodes of my favorite crime fighters. Batman, Superman and others took turns fending off evil in 30-minute segments.   In each episode, you could count on the world to be threatened by some new “death-ray” or device to serve an evil plot. And not to be outdone,…

The Johnson Journal: Old dog, new tricks

Many of you have probably heard the expression, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Aside from marginalizing man’s best friend, there are other concerns with repeating this cliché. Namely, old dogs can be taught new tricks, even if it takes that old dog much longer than it would take his younger counterpart. Dogs…

The Johnson Journal: Small Potatoes

  Think of one of the first times you found yourself in hot water as a kid. If you are like most kids, you probably found yourself feeling embarrassed and panicked. Regardless of the offense, young children are prone to freeze up when they find themselves in such situations.   In all likelihood, the offense…

The Johnson Journal: Do you know what’s inside?

With each passing technological advance or discovery, the dissemination of information takes place at even faster paces. New improvements to our phones allow us to access videos, photos and news with several taps on our screen. Social media sites not only promote general banter, but also serve the important function of promoting important dialogue and…

The Johnson Journal: Made in America

  For attentive fans of rap and hip-hop, this past week offered some unexpected and cryptic excitement.   One of rap’s most prolific artists took to social media to air out his dirty laundry. Rapper Lil Wayne of Cash Money Records fired off a string of tweets aimed at his record label. Lil Wayne’s tweets…

The Johnson Journal: Truth or fiction

    I’ll incriminate myself right now and say that, to at least some extent, I believe in such a thing as objective truth. To some, this view’s validity might sound laughably self-evident.   However, if there’s anything my philosophy courses have taught me, it’s not to assume.   The question of truth is a tricky…

Interfaith student panel engages in lively conversation

Despite Monday’s plummeting temperatures and blustering winds, students and faculty alike gathered in the Donahue Auditorium of the Dolan Center for Science and Technology to listen to an interfaith student panel speak about spirituality and individual beliefs.   The interfaith panel, comprised of six John Carroll University students, began with each student describing themselves generally…

Art of the sciences

    People have hinted to me that I’m not the greatest mathematician.   I’m guilty as charged if we’re talking strictly about algebra and numbers. Most times, I defend myself against these attacks by claiming I enjoy writing and can’t understand the first thing about numbers. I’d defer to the whole “left brain” and…

The Johnson Journal: Kintsukuroi

Mass production has taken a hard stance against individuality. In fact, it might be hard for most in our generation to recollect or identify with the importance of uniqueness. If something breaks, you replace it with something new. It’s that simple. Whether liberal or conservative, everybody can shed a collective tear on the lost tradition…

The Johnson Journal: ‘Hear my train a comin”

Most songs convey a message of some sort. Whether the song is a “top 40” jam or a deep cut of one of your favorite artists, each  conveys a message to be heard and internalized by listeners.   I’m here to make the claim that some songs hide messages that transcend generational gaps, trends, fads…

The Johnson Journal: What I learned in boating school is…

  How did you fare on the last test you took?   If I’m dredging up bad memories by asking, consider the reasons why that might be a negative memory for you, instead of a positive one. Consider the time you put in to studying. If pangs of guilt are creeping into your mind, don’t…

The Johnson Journal: Wanderlust

  If you’re taking the time to read this column, pat yourself on the back. Now before you roll your eyes, that’s not supposed to be some bad joke about how great this column is. If you’re carving time out of your day to read The Carroll News, you’ve probably had to override a typical…

The Johnson Journal: Exploration, not confrontation

    Imagine someone has just asked you about one of the latest stories in the news.   For our sake, let’s use the United States’ bombing of Syria as an example. Your friend wants to know if you’ve heard the details or know the background. You respond that you have heard the story. Now…

The Johnson Journal: Nothing ventured, nothing gained

  This just in: the boundaries you view as separations from other people don’t actually exist. The concept is simple enough. But, I’ll admit as a disclaimer, some people find this to be earth-shattering.   Give it a moment’s thought: are the things you view as roadblocks actually impediments or do you just construct them…

Columns: Follow in their footsteps

h academic year instills a mix of nostalgia and introspection in students. With enough school days left to count on one hand, students usually turn their collective attention toward reminiscing – and rightfully so. Each year affords so many things: successes, failures and the countless memories made in the process. Now, engaging in my own…

Columns: The common cold

I was diagnosed with senioritis as a freshman. I’m not quite sure how I contracted the bug, but I wasn’t able to recognize the symptoms inside me until my junior year. Now, premature as it still is, I’m battling a full-blown infection. The amount of “sick days” I’ve called in to the Office of Productivity…

‘Pompeii’ dazzles audiences with visual techniques

Imagine the near-legendary fall of Pompeii; as a city in ancient Rome thrives quietly, the nearby “mountain” rumbles ominously. Mount Vesuvius’ notorious eruption simultaneously solidified Pompeii and its inhabitants in history as one of the largest recorded eruptions. However, the film inserts a fictitious romance into the history of Pompeii.   The film’s plot juxtaposes…

Columns: The evolution of Yeezus

In my experience, music is like politics; everybody’s got an opinion on it. In fact, the only exception I’ve ever encountered to this rule was a small nine-year-old boy. He insisted that he not only didn’t have a favorite type of music, but also didn’t listen to music at all. But I took his response…

Navy SEALs apprehend terrorists in strikes

Over the weekend, the United States reaffirmed its commitment to thwarting international terror organizations. In two separate special forces operations, the U.S. entered north African countries in an attempt to capture or kill high-profile terrorists. The strikes, which took place before sunrise on Saturday, Oct. 5, targeted wanted terrorists in both Somalia and Libya. While…

Terror strikes popular Kenyan mall; at least 61 dead

On Friday, Sept. 20 Kenya experienced the beginnings of the deadliest terrorist attack on its soil since 1998. As unassuming Kenyans and American expatriates shopped casually at the high-end Westgate Mall, Al-Shabab militants opened fire on innocent civilians. Early reports from the Kenyan military and police force suggest that between 10 to 15 shooters, armed…

Deadly drug sweeps music festivals

The glitz and glamor of the MTV Video Music Awards captivates many people in today’s society. With the presence of highly reputed and idolized musicians, the presentation of coveted awards and the promise of onstage performances by some of the industry’s top talent, the VMAs are quite a spectacle. However, amidst all of the pomp…

Save the environment, share a car

John Carroll University is continuing their mission of being “green” and working towards more sustainable programs. One such initiative is the new car rental service on campus, CarShare. The idea for a car rental service was placed on the fast track over this past summer and is now ready to roll for new students. The…