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OurView: Orthodoxy in the east

    Friends, Roman Catholics, countrymen, lend me your eyes! Pope Francis has stirred up many around the world with his comments on different subjects. People have been quick to claim that Pope Francis has liberalized the Catholic Church and, in their eyes, softened the austere and non-inclusive stances of the Church.   This isn’t…

OurView: Defense of the republic

  When I was younger, my first exposure to politics was hearing news about President George W. Bush’s election and the controversy surrounding the Electoral College. At the time, I did not understand the nature or purpose of the Electoral College. If we live in a democracy, why don’t we just directly elect the President?…

OurView: Let’s get serious

    I originally did not want to write about sports having a larger impact on society. I wanted to write about something different, but I just could not bring myself to it.   Call it a flaw as a sports journalist or call it whatever you want, but at the end of the day…

OurView: For the love of the game

As editor of the World News section and a Political Science major, most of my days are full of bad news. Currently, Donald Trump is leading in the polls, a report shows that there is corruption of massive proportions on the global scale, and not a day goes by where I don’t hear about a…

OurView: An Open Letter: Thank You

    I hope you are having the best of days, I truly mean it. Taking every moment for what its fully worth is hard sometimes–we generally tend to overlook the tiny things in life that matter. However, for once I stopped rushing through the days and took a moment to really take in what…

OurView: Snapshots on the wall

    Lately, I have been thinking about my life. What I want to do when I graduate college, where I would like to end up and who I would like to have with me through it all. Time after time, I feel as if I have been bombarded with questions of intrigue, only to…

OurView: Don’t be a doofus

Monday morning, I was discussing with my runner friend and teammate, Patrick, the weekend in the professional running world. Last weekend was the U.S. marathon Olympic trials, in which the top 3 runners from each male and female fields qualify to compete at the Olympic games this summer. There has been some controversy in the…

OurView: Here’s to the next 20 years

    Last week, I turned 20. I know in the grand scheme of things, 20 years isn’t exactly a huge deal. But it got me thinking and, like the Jesuits say, reflecting, a lot about how far I have come with my life.   Five-year-old Carly loved to draw and listen to music. If…

OurView: An open letter to my ex-sport

The perfectly groomed green grass stretches out far and wide. Chalky white lines hold a barrier to the field, confining play after play. A goal kick soars through the air, untouched by all players, only to be thrown back into the chaotic play that the final score will depend upon. Soccer, the beautiful game, here…

OurView: Ballin’ with the mission in mind

  The majority of John Carroll University students have never been in jail. However, when the doors of the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center (CCJDC) slam shut behind a courageous, strong willed and faith filled group of John Carroll University students this week, that assumption will have been completely forgotten.   Michael Gong and Ned…

OurView: Lets talk about sports

  There is nothing more profound in life than when a single event captures the attention of the entire world. What happened in France over the weekend and the protests at the University of Missouri made time stand still, forcing the world to hopelessly stand by and watch while acts of terror and racism took…

OurView: When life hits you hard

Much like a Frisbee flying haphazardly across the quad, adulthood can hit you when you least expect it. One day you are going about your life as a 20-year-old, laughing a stupid crude puns, wearing novelty T-shirts, not able to shake the feeling of that last year as a teenager from your attitude. Life seems…

OurView: How to overcome social anxiety

  Believing in ourselves is not easy when we face constant uphill battles and outside forces that tell us we are not good enough. In fact, it is quite hard to build yourself up again when constantly looking back at the obstacles you have faced in our lives that have left us flawed and scarred.…

OurView: The Francis Effect

  It was about three weeks ago that I went with a group of John Carroll and Canisius students to go see Pope Francis in Philadelphia while he was visiting for the Meeting of Families, and I’m still on a “Pope high.”   We went down to Philly on Saturday and left Sunday. On Saturday…

OurView: Internship tips for the entertainment business

  I managed to find myself in the mixed up world of the entertainment industry. It all started after one bad day, which led me to search out a upbeat song to change my mood around. The song that appeared online was Andy Grammer’s song “Keep Your Head Up” who is now most known for…

OurView: Falling into Change

By now, the brilliantly hued autumn leaves have started to fall from the trees, crackling under our shoes as we rush to make it to class just on time. The air has a brisk, yet refreshing welcome as we switch out our tank tops and shorts for jeans and cozy sweaters.   Change is quite…

OurView: Win the work week

  To introduce myself, my name is Michael Hurley. I am a senior in the business school and I run cross country and track. I am honored to have the opportunity to write for the Carroll News, a fine organization. When I was given the chance to write commentary for my colleague, Madeline, I had…

OurView: Happy school year, John Carroll

Five. Four. Three. Two. One. Happy New Year! Or should I say, “Happy School Year!” Alarm clocks are ringing. Professors are lecturing. Students are drinking, I mean, studying. It is indeed that time of year again.   You know how on New Year’s Day, people always ask you what your resolutions are? Then they tell…

OurView: Maximize your event planning ability

  My housemates believe that at John Carroll there is “one excellent party to every six parties.” In the last three years, I’ve been to parties that look like a World War I trench; kitchens where confessions and secrets are shared, and saunas (I mean basements) which have been anywhere between wet, sticky and completely…

OurView: Evolving with a self stone

The concept of Evolution stems from Darwin, who, after researching various animals on archipelagos west of South America, discovered that animals adapt themselves to their habitats.   A bird species that eats large berries and nuts will slowly change its structure to better imbibe on its food while a worm-eating bird species beak will naturally…

OurView: Pale yellow and navy blue

  The world is full of labels. Now, this isn’t some preachy “don’t put me in a box for I am an individual!” type of statement. But rather, just a simple observation.   I have been called a woman, daughter, sister (and sister-in-law), friend, peer, tall, nice, pretty, independent, annoying, overly-chatty, intense and weird. Some…

OurView: Creative Catholicism

Dominic Gideon is a freshman at Borromeo Seminary and takes classes at John Carroll along with  30 other seminarians. Gideon plans on majoring in English, aspires to be a published writer.    Last Thursday, as John Carroll University students were reveling like giddy grade schoolers for the first of their back-to-back snow days, I was…

OurView: Left Out in the Cold

You all might want to sit down for this truth bomb I am about to drop on you. Ready? Okay.   It’s cold outside.   Like, really cold.   Like, sub-zero tundra. Like, oh-look-there’s-a-yeti kind of cold.   Shocker, right?   For those of you like me who have grown up in this area, you…

Columns: Perry’s halftime performance didn’t make me roar

Overall feeling about Katy Perry’s performance for the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show: It wasn’t fabulous, but it wasn’t atrocious. Having high expectations for her performance, I didn’t think Perry really “wowed” audiences. I was expecting a pretty wild, extravagant Katy Perry show that would leave me saying, “Can we watch that again?” Instead,…

Columns: A year in review

I stepped out of my car on move-in day wearing a peasant blouse and a frown. For those of you who know me, I try not to let my smiles curl downward unless the situation is dire. But, I suppose this day was one of those instances. I was about to leave the comfort of…