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Columns: A better campus starts with you

Pay close attention to what I’m about to say. Brace yourself, because this might be a shock to your delicate system that never hears this. You are not that important. How do I know this? Well, if you’re reading this column, you’re most likely a John Carroll student; which lately seems to make you among…

OurView: Four signs Cinderella was on methamphetamines

  Once upon a time, there was a blonde who fell in love. She had no friends and her stepfamily treated her like the dust she swept for free. But because she had no life, she had all this time on her hands to do whatever she pleased.   “Cinderella” was one of my personal…

OurView: Don’t grow up: it’s a trap

Ever seen the movie “Moonrise Kingdom”? If you haven’t, you should. On the surface, it’s a film about two unruly and socially awkward runaways who cause their parents some serious stress. However, a closer inspection reveals something quite different. These two children were willing to abandon everything they knew, forgo all the warm safeties of…

Columns: Break the label machine

“Can you talk?” Walking through the hallways between classes, sitting at my desk, playing outside during recess – it didn’t matter where I was; this simple yet mocking three-word question was jabbed at me daily when I was in elementary school. I guess my quietness had peaked to such an absurd, mind-boggling level that some…

OurView: It’s looking like Christmas

We all know the timeless Christmas tune “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.” We sing the lyrics at the top of our lungs as soon as we sense the first snowfall.  And, if you are anything like me, you sing along to it off-key when you think no one is listening. While there…

Columns: Precious real estate

Maybe you dunked yours in a toilet. Maybe you fed yours to a dog. Maybe yours got run over by a car, drowned in a washing machine or was trampled by a stampede of freshmen girls running to catch Cabby D on a Thursday night. The possibilities are endless, but what is certain is that,…

OurView: Heisenberg principle

Every once in a blue moon, a television show rises above shootouts, sex scenes and flash to provide its viewers with something more rewarding: a relatable moral dilemma. The most recent show to accomplish this difficult task was  AMC’s hit series, “Breaking Bad.” This show follows the life of Walter White,  a high school chemistry…

OurView: In defense of writing

Whenever I tell people I am an English major, the first thing everyone says is, “Oh … so what are you going to do with that?” Then, I find myself becoming extra frustrated when I mention that I write for The Carroll News and get, “But newspapers are dead.” In this fast-paced and instant society…

OurView: When life gives you lemons

In my opinion, it’s the strongest people that can take what life has thrown at them and turn it into true good. I know it sounds pretty generic—but when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. As I have grown up around my family, I have seen my family make not only lemonade, but turn the…

OurView: This is my story

Place yourself in this familiar position: you’re sitting in class, listening to your professor’s lecture. You just ate lunch in the caf, where you scarfed down a bowl of your favorite tater tots and laughed and talked about your day with your friends. You’re feeling content and cheerful, except for this nagging nervousness in the…

OurView: The year according to Zipp

Hello, John Carroll. Now I know what you’re all thinking.  Zak, I thought you were a photographer, what are you doing writing?  Well, I asked myself that when I volunteered to write this column.  I came to the conclusion that I have no idea.  But I digress.  Everyone remembers their freshman year in college because…

OurView: “The cat is in the refrigerator again.”

“The cat is in the refrigerator again.” So my roommate and I have this cat. He lives with us in our dorm room in Hamlin Hall and he is quite angsty. He constantly messes up our room, makes weird noises at night and is just a general pain in the butt. On the other hand,…

OurView: What I’ve gained and where I’ll go

I love traveling. If I could get paid to travel anywhere and everywhere, I would sign on the dotted line right now. That being said my senior year has provided me with quite the series of trips that were not only fun but furthered my connection to John Carroll and the a handful of qualities…

OurView: Life and it’s unexpected ways

Growing up, every kid aspires to be something great. Everyone knows the typical desires – some of us want to be firemen, some of us doctors, some of us astronauts. When I was a kid, I wanted nothing more than to be a professional baseball player. I had dreams at night of playing center field…

OurView: Who are you?

Last weekend, I saw The Who play at Value City Arena on the campus of The Ohio State University. I know what you’re thinking: It’s not exactly The Who without drummer Keith Moon and bassist John Entwistle. Half the band has already passed away. That being said, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend sound just as…

OurView: Please drink responsibly

Before you read this article and if you are of age, you should throw back a few shots. I mean it. Heck, I just did! I mean, why not? Ladies, pick up your favorite sweet, syrupy fruit-flavored Vodka and down it. Men, go get your classiest Natural Light lager and drink it like you were…

OurView: What about the rest of the year?

What about the rest of the year? It’s Valentine’s Day. It’s the worst day of the year (well, other than every Monday of the year) but otherwise, the worst day of the year.  Now let me explain, because I have a feeling everyone reading this right now probably has that stereotypical thought of “Oh, he’s…

OurView: Kyrie Irving is making Cleveland fans forget

“I’m going to take my talents to South Beach.” These are words that will live on in Cleveland infamy, haunting the same city that hasn’t won a professional sports title in 49 years. When LeBron James, the most talented basketball player on planet Earth, ditched Cleveland nearly three years ago, the future for the Cavaliers…

OurView: A resolution revolution

It’s 8:30 a.m., and I venture out on my morning trek to breakfast, eager to stuff my face. Cleverly enough, my morning commute from Campion to the Schott Dining Hall passes the Corbo Room. I pause, just for a moment. It’s the first week of school, far too early in my opinion to see the…

OurView: A resolution revolution

It’s 8:30 a.m., and I venture out on my morning trek to breakfast, eager to stuff my face. Cleverly enough, my morning commute from Campion to the Schott Dining Hall passes the Corbo Room. I pause, just for a moment. It’s the first week of school, far too early in my opinion to see the…

OurView: Generation Y

With the year coming to a close, it seems customary to always look back and reflect on what has happened. Once this is done, the next step is to create a resolution for the future. To be perfectly honest, I have never succeeded in doing this beyond 10 minutes. But seeing that I am now…

OurView: I am: the evil RA

At the crack of dawn I am awake, ready to pounce on a single mistake. I prowl the halls like a sly fox, ready to key into any room that I even suspect to have an extension cord. Oh yes, residents of John Carroll University, I am the evil RA, and I am out to…

OurView: Llamas, trees and squirrels…oh my!

I have a confession – three confessions to be exact. Among these words, loyal readers, I will reveal to you my deepest, darkest secrets, becoming completely vulnerable, forfeiting each tiny strand of dignity to which I have held steadfast throughout my 19 years of existence. Gone with a snap of my fingers, purely for your…

OurView: I’ll think of a title later…

It’s 3:30 a.m. on a Tuesday morning, and I’m pouring my third cup of coffee and bumping Kanye West on my iPod to try to keep my energy level up as I power through this article that’s due the next morning. I’ve been “working” on this article for a solid three hours now, and by…

OurView: Making ‘Spence’ of vulnerability

To what may be a surprise to some, throughout my entire life a big fear of mine has always been addressing that girl I have feelings for. Now maybe some of you agree. Maybe some of you think that is cliché, and still others think it is a dumb thing to be fearful of. And…