Cooney Meets World

Cooney Meets World: If I were Millor Orator

Today, in some ways, marks the end of an era. With this new edition of The (award-winning) Carroll News, you hold in your hands the last installment of “Cooney Meets World.” This edition is also my last as editor in chief of The Carroll News. The past four years at The Carroll News provided some…

Cooney Meets World: Causeworthy cut

Mary Beth Brooks always knows how to brighten someone’s day. I pass by the Institute of Catholic Studies nearly every day on my way to class and give her a friendly wave through the windows of the office. But, when I walked by Monday, something didn’t seem right. What happened to Mary Beth’s hair? Not…

Cooney Meets World: Holy memories!

I think it would be fair to say the announcement of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation dropped a bombshell on the Roman Catholic Church worldwide. No one, except for maybe a small group of close friends and cardinals, saw this coming. Benedict is the first pope to resign since Gregory XII in 1415. However, other members…

Cooney Meets World: Bucket listing

This semester really needs to slow down a bit. I can hardly believe we’re nearing midterms already! My time here at John Carroll University is quickly coming to an end. As a senior in my final semester, I feel it is my duty to pass down the knowledge I’ve acquired throughout my four years as…

Cooney Meets World: Retreating from the grid

I’ve written before in this space about my life during what I will call “the cellphone era.” My parents gifted me with my first phone on Christmas Day during my sophomore year in high school. I graduated to a better phone during my senior year, complete with full keyboard ready for my fingers to begin…

Cooney Meets World: Hockey is back

In some cases, it doesn’t take a lot to make me happy. This year’s NHL schedule is one of those cases: 48 regular season games over four months, rather than the usual 82 games over seven months. I’m just happy to see some hockey. After the NBA and NFL had their lockouts and collective bargaining…

Cooney Meets World: Bizarrely Ordinary

Until a few years ago, I always gave a seven-time Tour de France winner the benefit of the doubt. During this year’s college football season, I was led to believe the inspirational story of a Notre Dame linebacker. Manti Te’o lost his grandmother and his girlfriend in a 24-hour span and played with incredible strength,…

Cooney Meets World: Common fellowship

The end of a semester brings a certain kind of joy to us students. We know that both a temporary vacation from schoolwork and a nice long break at home are near. But there’s that one last hurdle we each have to overcome: Finals Week. Each student’s obstacles are very different leading up to and…

Cooney Meets World: Save The PD

During my high school years – before I got my driver’s license – my dad drove me to school on his way to work. We spent each morning eating breakfast together at the kitchen table. In between the slurps of cereal, we each had a section of the daily newspaper spread over our halves of…

Cooney Meets World: Memoirs of a bygone era

History was always one of my best subjects in both grade school and high school, because I thought it was fascinating. My feelings haven’t changed; I think it’s important to know how we as Americans and world citizens arrived at this point in history. I believe that in order to make decisions now, we must…

Cooney Meets World: Crazy calendar

The weather has gotten colder and the shelves at Giant Eagle are stacked full with bags of candy. With the calendar flipping to October, it’s time to pull out the hot chocolate, crewneck sweatshirts and Halloween decorations. And while the times are changing, one thing about time remains constant: bizarre holidays. You can bet that…

Cooney Meets World: Give me my hockey back

Up until 2005, I wasn’t much of a hockey fan. Yes, I knew of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and some player they had, named Mario Lemieux, who was one of the best to ever grace the ice. I also knew of the Buffalo Sabres, but none of the players really jumped out at me as being…

Cooney Meets World: Don’t vote … just kidding

When I turned 18 years old, I got a lot of congratulations from friends on finally being able to legally buy cigarettes. Ironically for them, I don’t smoke. I was far more excited to finally exercise my right to vote. The unfortunate part was that I turned 18 after the 2008 presidential election had already…

Cooney Meets World: Learning to write

I read something this week that really bothered me: “Many students in this country are not skilled writers.” As someone who plans to put pen to paper a lot for a living, seeing that headline made me cringe. A story published Friday by The Associated Press said that 27 percent of students at both the…

Cooney Meets World: A cellphone chronicle

Up until earlier this summer, I was stuck in prehistoric times. Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration. From my senior year of high school until this summer, I owned a red LG enV2 cellphone. Compared to most of the phones of today, with all of their Internet and app capabilities, my phone was…

Cooney Meets World: This year, look forward

Three years ago, I walked into a half-empty room in Sutowski Hall and moved in with my bins of stuff. At the time, all I could see in front of me were empty walls; I had no idea what was going to transpire over the next few years. Was I going to like John Carroll?…

Cooney Meets World: Embracing change

Wow, is it really the last day of classes already? It feels like just yesterday that my roommate and I were moving in, setting everything up in our dorm room and getting ready for another year here at JCU. But as I sit here at my desk in the newsroom and type this column, that…

Cooney Meets World: Water polo weekend

Jumping in a freezing cold pool at 8:30 in the morning is not what a lot of college students would call the most ideal way to start a Sunday. Those of us at Cleveland State University’s pool probably would rather have been sleeping, but the prospect of playing some water polo helped us crawl from…

Cooney Meets World: Spreading Manresa love

I remember walking through the Atrium in the student center after 10 p.m. Mass one Sunday night a while back and seeing all these people in a circle with the same shirts on. A few of them were dancing around the inside of the circle, while everyone else was clapping and laughing. The sound of…

Cooney Meets World: Please YOLO responsibly

During an important scene in the 1989 movie “Dead Poets Society,” English professor John Keating leads his students out of the classroom on the first day to a trophy room at the boarding school they attend. Keating instructs one of the students to turn to a poem in the textbook called “To the Virgins, to…

Cooney Meets World: Cooney’s take on Kony

One night over Spring Break, my Twitter feed started blowing up with something called #KONY2012. I was a little sleepy at the time, so I originally read the hashtag incorrectly. “Wait, why do all these people want to stop me?” I asked myself. “What did I do to upset them all? I don’t even know…

Cooney Meets World: Remember Chardon

On Monday morning – just like any other morning – I sleepily shut off my alarm clock, climbed down from my bunk bed and grabbed a quick shower before the cleaning crew arrived to kick me out. I pulled on my clothes and opened my computer to scan the Web for the morning’s news. When…

Cooney Meets World: Reversing ‘The decision’?

Do you remember where you were on the evening of July 8, 2010? It was a Thursday night, and I was back home at my church helping prepare for the opening of our annual Greek festival the next day. One of my friends had walked in late, and I remember asking him something along the…

Cooney Meets World: Good McMorning

Are you lovin’ it? If you aren’t, then you might want to. Who doesn’t like “two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun” (in moderation, of course)? If you haven’t driven down Warrensville Center Road in the last week and noticed the new McDonald’s restaurant, then I’d say you…

Cooney Meets World: Take initiative

Since last week’s issue of The Carroll News came out, I feel like I’ve had a revelation. Being that I’m going to be a senior before you know it, I believe it’s my duty to start passing along my knowledge to the rest of the John Carroll University community. Last Thursday, I went to the…