Editorial

Goodness Gracious: Beta blues

The national headquarters of Beta Theta Pi fraternity recently mandated a reorganization of John Carroll University’s Eta Epsilon chapter. This past week, all current members were required to reapply for membership, which was to be determined by an advisory board. In addition, the chapter is no longer allowed to participate in the 2014 Greek Week,…

Streaks for change

In the next few weeks, two John Carroll University student organizations will be sponsoring a series of events to increase awareness about two different issues on campus. While the issues are very different, they both push students to act more conscientiously.
Beginning Monday, March 31, the Environmental Issues group began sponsoring a series of events…

Mo’ money, mo’ problems

The John Carroll University Student Union votes on a $1.1 million budget proposal issued by the Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee every year. This year, Student Union senators spent much more time than usual debating the proposed budget. On Tuesday, after two meetings and roughly three hours of debate, the budget proposal came to a…

Why, Wahoo?

Last Wednesday, March 19, John Carroll University hosted a speaker who discussed the controversy of the Cleveland Indians’ team logo. The logo is the red-skinned face of a Native American chief with a wide, manic grin named Chief Wahoo, and is being scrutinized as a form of blatant racism against Native Americans.
Considering the amount…

One step further

Starting at the beginning of the spring semester, ARAMARK implemented various changes in the cafeteria. ARAMARK is the food service company at John Carroll that is responsible for all dining options. The most notable of these changes is the switch to the MyPlate diagram as a nutritional guide. The MyPlate diagram, like the MyPyramid before…

Med School? Check.

This past fall, John Carroll University implemented a new partnership with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) and the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine for Ohio students (OU-HCOM). This program enables both current and future John Carroll students to gain acceptance to medical school much earlier than usual.
 
This program…

Community of inclusion

John Carroll University’s Student Union recently approved a new student organization called the John Carroll Secular Students Alliance. This organization seeks to recognize students with nontheistic backgrounds and currently has about 30 members.
 
Several students have expressed disapproval of this group, including concerns about the group infringing upon the values of other Catholic students.…

Cabbie D? Cabbie Don’t.

On Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at around 2:30 a.m., a group of students riding the “Cabbie D” party bus filed a report with JCU campus police. The students in question were verbally and physically harassed by a group of individuals who were not John Carroll students. The students had their belongings taken from them, and…

Willing and able to defend

On December 5, the Office of the President released a statement informing the John Carroll community that Campus Safety Services will be equipped with handguns beginning January 1, 2014. The motivation behind this decision is the startling fact that shootings have been a growing issue on college campuses nationwide. This initiative will be funded entirely…

What a drag

Last Thursday, John Carroll University hosted a drag show on campus. A large portion of the student body turned out for the event, the majority of which was in support of the event. One student, however, openly protested outside of the Dolan Center for Science & Technology, where the event was held. The protest was…

The government shutdown and you

On Tuesday at midnight, the United States government officially shut down. Our government has not done that since 1995, when the Capitol shuttered its doors for 21 days.
Two days ago, all the national parks closed, the Mars Rover stopped roving, the “panda cam” was switched off, some 800,000 government employees found themselves without work…

Does the punishment fit the crime?

An expensive new policy was implemented by Residence Life this year. The Professional Staff of the Residence Life Office has decided that students are now going to be charged $5 every time they lock themselves out of their dorm rooms and have to get an RA to let them in. If the fine is not…

Care to share but beware

With the start of the new school year, John Carroll University is implementing a new CarShare program. Enterprise and the National Car Rental Services, in conjunction with the sustainability committee, have begun a service that will allow students to rent cars through John Carroll.
There are two cars available in the Belvoir lot and, at…

A flood of freshmen

This year’s freshman class is the largest it has been in 10 years, with approximately 800 new students joining the John Carroll University community. Of these 800 students, 677 are living on campus, and with the renovation of Murphy Hall, living spaces are limited.
Over 200 students are living in triple rooms. In prior years,…

The event ends, but the fight continues

2013 marks the last year that the Relay for Life event will be held on the John Carroll University campus. The event has taken place annually in the spring since 2007, when graduates Joel Mullner and Pat Kelly first organized it on campus, garnering much more of a turnout than initially imagined. In 2007, 65…

Zero degrees of separation

John Carroll University recently announced that beginning next year, it will be offering the Pre-MBA Scholars program to high school seniors. The program will grant dual admission to the University’s undergraduate and Fifth Year Master of Business Administration programs at the beginning of a student’s undergraduate career.
Scholars will be allowed to pursue the degree…

Mirror, mirror

Dove has gained recognition over the past few years for their campaign to embrace the natural beauty of women. Recently, it began advertising a commercial titled “Real Beauty Sketches,” which has since gained a great deal of attention from the media and the public in general.
The commercial features an FBI-trained forensic artist and several…

Dark side of the moon

The Panhellenic Council at John Carroll University recently announced that the Gamma Phi Beta sorority will no longer be allowed to participate in upcoming Greek Week 2013 due to an incident that occurred during their formal at The House of Blues in Cleveland on Saturday, April 6.
The Gamma Phi Beta International Headquarters also issued…

Rosebuds of hope

Last weekend, numerous student organizations at John Carroll University teamed up with The Upside of Downs organization to participate in Danie’s Day, an event centered on engaging with children who have Down’s Syndrome.
Over 20 children attended the festivities last Saturday, which included dancing, bowling, painting and playing cornhole. The event, formerly called Project H.O.P.E.,…

@JCUpositivity

With the increase in popularity of the social media site Twitter over the past few years, anonymous parody accounts have been created. Recently, accounts with the parody theme of John Carroll have begun to pop up.
These accounts have various themes ranging from anonymous campus crushes, compliments or hook-up sightings. While many of these accounts…

Plain Dealing with the problem

Starting this summer, Advance Publications, the company that owns The Plain Dealer, will be laying off a large number of employees as well as reducing the number of home delivery days from seven to three.
Instead of reducing the number of home delivery days, The Plain Dealer should instead cut back on the number of…

The core of our being

An open forum held last week prompted faculty members to discuss several potential changes to the core curriculum. The proposed revisions include reducing the number of credit hours required to graduate, eliminating First Year Seminar, reducing the number of required philosophy courses and introducing linked courses.
These proposals were prompted by a survey of the…

Habemus papam

Last Wednesday, the conclave of cardinals made a swift decision regarding a replacement for Pope Benedict XVI, choosing Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Bergoglio is the first Jesuit and first South American to be elected pope.
The newly elected pontiff chose the name Pope Francis, in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi and his devotion to…

Waist not- JCU takes on health issues

This week, John Carroll teamed up with the Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders to promote “Eating Disorder Awareness Week,” kicking off with an event held Monday evening.
During the event, they showed a documentary highlighting the life and anxieties of a 12-year-old model. It also presented other themes, including the dangers of certain beauty products…

Blue Streaks take a stand for women

Last week, the John Carroll community witnessed two flash mobs on campus intended to rally students to take a stand for victims of domestic violence. The flash mobs were organized by the program One Billion Rising, a movement directed by activist Eve Ensler.
The flash mobs were, in fact, an international movement, and John Carroll…