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The Gebhardt Collection: Why so quiet?

  A decades old, bloody conflict flared up this week for the first time in several years. It is one so contentious that it has displaced over one million people since the 1990s, killed thousands more and involves key Central Asian and Middle Eastern powers that influence American foreign policy—and probably 90 percent of us…

The Gebhardt Collection: I’ve got spirit

  Everybody has their own method of finding cheap airline flights (if such a thing even exists).   Mine is going onto Kayak.com, entering my departure city and destination, the dates of my travel and hoping that I can get lucky and stumble upon some hidden bargain—it’s a hit or miss strategy, and one that…

McGowan's Manifesto: Make America respectful again

  I couldn’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon than celebrating the gift of democracy at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.   I know it probably sounds dorky, but there are few things I love more than the act of voting; there is something almost spiritual about it. Because I’m a…

Madeline's Montage: Manic at the museum

    I once did the Bernie with my two brothers in the middle of the Natural History Museum in New York City.   There’s something about running through a sea of people, knowing that the odds you ever see them again are slim to none, and it doesn’t matter how foolish you are–usually.  …

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…

The Gebhardt Collection: A call for broader political conversation

    As I was in the newsroom this week, I looked over what the Campus section had written, as usual, and I saw the article that talked about the on-campus lecture called “Sovereign Masculinity: The War on Terror, Mass Shootings, and the Trump Campaign.”   Now, if you read my column on a somewhat…

Madeline's Montage: Long live the weekend

  There’s something special about 68 degrees.   Looking back, I’m sure we can all remember a time or two when we argued about the “perfect temperature.” Throughout my grade school years, I proposed arguments against the chilly winter and boiling summer months. The perfect temperature in my book was always 68 degrees, because at…

McGowan's Manifesto: The politics of prayer

As the sun sifted through the church’s stained glass window, the rays refused to comfort my shoulders with warmth.   It was reconciliation day at school, and as I shifted in my chair as the priest looked upon me with disappointed eyes, all I could was cry.   Between tears, I attempted to explain the…

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…

McGowan's Manifesto: What RBG and Scalia can teach us

  In all my years spent as a self-proclaimed political nerd, I have never understood people’s frustration and annoyance with presidential campaigns. That is, of course, until now.   In the midst of choosing the woman or man who will run our country, we have reduced a process that used to be among the noblest…

The Gebhardt Collection: Passport Problems

    In the United States, we hear all the time about the millions and millions who risk everything to try and become Americans. Immigration and border control have been hot-button political issues for years.   The topic of migrant control has introduced talks of walls, mass deportations  and recently, outright banishments of certain groups.…

Madeline's Montage: You can’t do it all

    Deadline is no joke.   I am an editorial intern for Cleveland Magazine in Playhouse Square,and in the last two weeks, I have spent hours calling and interviewing people,checking facts and, sometimes, twiddling my thumbs in anticipation for the story that would hit my desk next.   This opportunity has been one of…

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…

McGowan's Manifesto: We are all American

In the outskirts of Chicago, a young father takes his children to the playground. Like any proud dad, his grin overtakes his kind face as he watches his children collapse in laughter.   When the sun wanes in the overcast sky, his smile is replaced with an all-too-familiar nervousness. As a Muslim man, this is…

The Gebhardt Collection: Go to stuff

One of the best lessons that my dad ever taught me (and believe me, there have been a lot of them) is that one of the most valuable habits that you can ever adopt is, simply, “going to stuff.”   I don’t mean it in its most literal sense, like showing up to class or…

Madeline's Montage: Dear freshman(self)

After a series of unfortunate events and an immense amount of emotional thoughts, I finally found myself settled on my couch with a steady heartbeat of 62 beats per minute (thanks Fitbit),wondering what to write for this week’s column. I soon received a text from someone very close to my heart that read, “Just graduate…

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…

Madeline's Montage: I’ll be home soon, Mom!

  The weeks after Thanksgiving leading up to Christmas break are probably the worst school days of the entire year.   In a matter of three weeks, students must complete all final assignments and finish up with final exams.   For me, that means turning in four research papers, a final project and reading discussions…

McGowan's Manifesto: The war on X-mas is over (if you want it)

  As warm lights adorn quaint town squares and the soft blanket of snow lays gently on the ground, it’s difficult not to get into a holiday state of mind.  As much as I would love to maintain the cynical journalist stereotype, I am not afraid to admit that I love this time of  year…

The Gebhardt Collection: Think FAST

  Okay, as far as news in politics goes, the passing of the new highway-funding bill definitely isn’t the sexiest topic—particularly when you think of all else that is going on, like the presidential race, the shooting in California, and the new Greek budget and the Lake Chad suicide bombings.   Nonetheless, the highway-funding bill…

Madeline's Montage: A letter to the M28 family

  Put 40 acquaintances and strangers on a farm in rural Pennsylvania for 48 hours and what do you get? A Christian rock band, “Ride that Pony” and a burning sense of what it means to be a family.   Over the weekend, I took part in Manresa 28, a spiritual retreat focusing on the…

McGowan's Manifesto: Aging is a peculiar thing

  While I was still enjoying my youth, I would watch my mother apply her crimson lipstick and long for her cool, collected wisdom. In my naivete, I saw adulthood as a fast world with boundless freedom, where you didn’t cry when you fell down anymore and where you had all of the answers. As…

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…