Arts & Life

Music turns gray with Slipknot’s newest album

As the end of October draws near, the anticipation for Halloween heightens. There are few bands that capture the terror, shock and creepiness of Halloween outside of Slipknot, the heavy metal seven person band from Des Moines, Iowa.
The group lost its founding bassist Paul Gray in 2010 to an accidental morphine  overdose,…

‘John the Valiant,’ a Hungarian operetta, heads to Kulas

Kulas Auditorium will welcome the Hungarian Equestrian Theatre of Komarom, Hungary to John Carroll University on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. The touring group will perform the 1903 operetta “John the Valiant.”
The operetta is based on the epic poem written in 1845 by Sandor Petofi, a Hungarian poet. The poem was redone…

Right to my core

I don’t think I’ll ever understand the core curriculum requirements.
I get the point of it. And I think it’s a good thing that schools want their students to be well-rounded and not purely dedicated to one specific, or general, subject.
But I think that colleges, including this one, take it…

‘The Odd Couple’ brings quirky comedy to the Kulas stage

At one point in our lives, almost all of us have heard the saying: “A drunk mind speaks a sober heart.”
When playwright Neil Simon was imagining the plot for his play, “The Odd Couple,” he found inspiration in this phenomena.
He said, “I thought, wouldn’t it be great to write characters that…

An inside look at JCU fall theater

Keith Nagy, assistant professor and managing director of theater at John Carroll University, has many opportunities planned for students to get involved in the theatre program on campus.
Prior to coming to the John Carroll, Nagy has “always been in the Cleveland area theater community.”
Nagy has been the director of production and…

A league of our own

I had a difficult time picking the right college. When I finally decided on John Carroll University, it was a huge weight off of my shoulders, as I’m sure it was for everyone else. I couldn’t wait to move into my very first home away from home.
One thing I was nervous…

The Carroll News talks with director of new film, ‘The Judge’

The Carroll News: What kind of pressure is there on you as a director working for Warner Bros., which usually does such large platforms, without any ties to anything more?
David Dobkins: You’re campaigning so hard for a movie to be made but you forget about all the rest for a little bit. This…

Revolution, redemption and love shine in GLT’s ‘Les Miserables’

4 out of 5 streaks

Passion, grief, pain, love and forgiveness captured the hearts and minds of audiences who ventured on the journey guided by the cast of Great Lakes Theater’s “Les Miserables” on Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Hanna Theatre at PlayhouseSquare.
“Les Miserables” is story of social injustice, revolution and…

Head over to a musical lover’s paradise: Second annual Heights Music Hop set for this weekend

Music lovers will unite at the second annual Heights Music Hop this Saturday, Oct. 11 presented by FutureHeights. FutureHeights, a nonprofit 501c3 organization, focuses on building community within the area.
Event partners include Cleveland Beer Week, the Cedar Lee Special Improvement District and Cellar Door Records.
This music extravaganza kicked off last…

Fall into the fashion trends of the season

It’s time to put the shorts and flip-flops away and bring out the boots and sweaters. Every year, the trends change, and 2014 is no different.
Fall trends debut in the spring during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City. The hottest celebrities and fashion designers gather to see what the hottest looks…

B.J. Novak debuts children’s book

Many know B.J. Novak as Ryan Howard from the “mocumentary” known as “The Office.” Now, Novak has used his comedic talent to write a children’s book entitled, “The Book With No Pictures,” designed entirely with no pictures.
This is Novak’s first children’s book. Both funny and creative, this book, according to Entertainment Weekly, is…

The world goes pink for breast cancer awareness month

Every October, the color pink takes the world by storm, raising awareness for breast cancer. According to ABC News, a woman in the United States has a one in eight chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer, the second leading cause of cancer deaths for women.
Once again, popular television shows are showing their…

Uncle Joey brings a ‘full house’ to Carroll

4/5 streaks
One of television’s favorite uncles made his way to Kulas Auditorium’s stage this past Thursday, Sept. 25.
Actor and comedian Dave Coulier, best known for his role as Uncle Joey in ABC’s television series “Full House,” drove three hours to John Carroll to kick off homecoming weekend.
The halls…

Buy, Spotify, or Nah? ‘X’ by Chris Brown

3/5 streaks
Chris Brown’s last album, Fortune, was unfortunately mauled alive by critics for being poorly produced and stylized. Since then, Brown hasn’t fared well with the media, and his reputation has gone down the chute. Perhaps it’s fitting that Brown returns slightly strong, although apt to be cheesy, with his new album,…

‘Brush With Danger’ flirts with ambiguity


A brother and sister’s impoverished journey to America is depicted in the film “Brush with Danger,” directed by Livi Zheng, a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in Film Production at the University of Southern California.
The film opened this past Friday, Sept. 19 at Tower City Cinemas in downtown Cleveland. Zheng…

To do it for the vine or nah

Some social media apps have had a good run. A lot die out, too.
There was Formspring, which no one will remember until they read this. Facebook is now for  parents and old high school classmates with kids.
Twitter has maintained a steady presence. So has Snapchat. Instagram is basic, but awesome.…

Urban Outfitters offends Kent State with controversial item

An online retail item ignited haunting memories last Monday, Sept. 15 from a tragedy that occurred locally.
On May 4, 1970, a campus shooting at Kent State University created a nightmare for the community and nation at large.
Urban Outfitters, a popular, trendy clothing store, is known for their graphic tees…

Drugstore makeup is a drug

This column is devoted to girls who know what’s good for them, who sometimes enjoy being vain and buy more makeup than they will ever need. I wrote this for us.
There are days where I get really bored, so I decide to go shopping. I also shop when I’m in a bad mood.…

JCU Autism Speaks walks for their cause

Most students use Sunday mornings to relax. But on Sunday, Sept. 14, 19 John Carroll students met in the Belvoir parking lot at 8 a.m. to head downtown for the Walk for Autism Speaks at Progressive Field.
The walk was a fundraiser for autism research that included games, food, t-shirts, music and…

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week takes over

Fashion Week is usually seven days of intense fashion and little to no sleep.
This year’s event was no exception.
Mercedes-Benz’s New York Fashion Week ran from Sept. 4 – 11, debuting new upcoming trends from fashion collections designed for spring 2015.
With a jam-packed schedule of fashion favorites and…

Onward on for the summer

May is always a bittersweet time of year.
The gross part of spring is fading away, summer is fast approaching and school lets out for the next three months.
But school is letting out for the next three months.
In middle school, the end of the school year represented something so much…

Food, fun and giveaways

John Carroll students who attended the SUPB sponsored Carroll Fest on Saturday, April 26 will remember the fun activities around the steps of D.J. Lombardo Student Center.
Walking down the steps of the Keller Commons, one may have felt like a kid in a candy store trying to decide where to go first.The…

Bands rocked at Carroll Fest

John Carroll University’s Carroll Fest, presented by SUPB, is always a special event to celebrate the end of the spring semester.
With festivities including Henna, tie-dye, caricatures, a bouncy house, free food and giveaways, the afternoon was a hit.
Although it was chilly, this year’s Carroll Fest featured six band performances that entertained…

‘American Idiot’ takes the stage

By the end of September, Green Day’s critically acclaimed, award-winning album, “American Idiot,” will be ten years old.
The album is the basis for the musical of the same name.
The show follows the story of Johnny, played by Jared Nepute – the self-described “Jesus of Suburbia.”
He and his friends,…

March of Dimes launches JCU awareness, walk begins

March of Dimes is continuing to let its presence known at John Carroll University with flyers posted all around campus. This non-profit organization is dedicated to promoting full-term, healthy pregnancies.
It is also dedicated to providing both support and information to those who need it, such as families, or simply people who…